ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Acadia National Park saw a huge influx of visitors during Fourth of July week.
Park officials said that on July 5 alone, there was a record number of visits, estimated at between 35,000 to 40,000.
But that also brought 755 radio calls and 20 emergency 911 calls.
There were even four simultaneous emergency rescue calls that tapped nearly all rescue resources and closed down parts of the park.
“So the system was very saturated, congested, locked in a way that cars couldn’t move through the system. Couldn’t park, couldn’t move through the system, and that’s what kinda triggers the closure to keep people safe and to protect the resources and a variety of other things,” said Public Affairs Specialist Christie Anastasia.
To relieve congestion, Anastasia asks that visitors use the fare-free Island Explorer to travel around the island.