WASHINGTON (AP) The National Park Service says it will close seven parks on Wednesday in what it says is the latest in a series of moves to limit crowds in central parks.
The agency said it will shut five of the parks and two of the nearby beaches, while the others will remain open for family and friends to visit.
The parks will be open for families and friends on the weekends and holidays but will close Monday, Jan. 28, for the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the parks said.
They are located on the National Mall and the Columbia River Gorge.
Park officials say the closures are needed because of the high number of visitors who use parks, the increasing numbers of cars and the crowds that have been a factor in last year’s crowds in Washington.
The park service is seeking public comment on its proposed closure dates.
The closures will not affect visitation at other parks.