Contingency planning in parks planning: Montgomery County Maryland edition
According to the Washington Post, ("County asks US to reopen Glen Echo Park," "We all want what we want. So what makes the tea party any different?") Montgomery County public officials are "whining" because Glen Echo Park, a National Park Service installation, is closed, and there is negative economic impact from it ( discussed within this article, "Donation could have Ford's Theatre National Historic Site open Wednesday"), even though for the most part, the park serves residents and visitors from the region, not out-of-region "tourists" ("America's national parks losing £48m a day," Daily Mail).
As I keep writing (e.g., "Parks issues" from 2011), if your "local" jurisdiction has within it parks that are run by other entities, be they a county or other form of parks district agency, a state, or the federal government, then your "local" parks master plan ought to have recommendations for how your locality can deal with the facilities if circumstances change and they close.
This is an ongoing issue in DC, because many of the "local" parks in the city are owned and operated by the National Park Service as a result of DC being the Federal City.
The National Park Service has laid out a method for states or other local governments to pay for the operation of NPS installations if the Antideficiency Act and failure by Congress to pass a budget force their closure. See "Federal shutdown as another example of why local jurisdictions should have more robust contingency and master planning processes."
I don't know how it came about that what became Glen Echo Park was acquired by the National Park Service in the early 1970s. But the programming for the park is not "national" in orientation. The partnership that has developed an arts and cultural programming orientation for the park is clearly not focused on marketing to market segments outside of the local area.
The issue is that Montgomery County didn't do robust enough contingency planning in advance to deal with the potentiality of the closure of the park, or to plan for the possible acquisition of the park from the Park Service, as it is mostly a local serving park not serving what we might call the typical "national park" mission.