Sunday, February 2, 2014

More DENR offices, attractions reopening after winter storm

More DENR offices, attractions reopening after winter storm
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RALEIGH – The state’s science museum in Raleigh has reopened to the public, but the North Carolina Zoo will remain closed Friday as roads leading to the popular park in Asheboro as well as walkways in the park remain icy.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh reopened at noon Thursday on its regular schedule. Also, the state’s three coastal aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher and Roanoke Island will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday on their regular schedule. The state-operated Jennette’s Pier also reopens for its regular hours, starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

The state’s zoo will remain closed for a fourth consecutive day Friday. Staff members will determine Friday if roads accessing the zoo and sidewalks in the zoo are safe enough to accommodate visitors this weekend. An announcement about whether the zoo will be open this weekend will be made Friday. The public can learn about the zoo's daily operating status by calling the park's toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or by visiting the website at www.nczoo.org.

Meanwhile, offices of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City, Elizabeth City, Nags Head and Manteo also resumed normal operating hours after reopening to the public at noon Thursday.

Offices of the Division of Coastal Management, including coastal reserve sites, resumed their normal operating schedule after opening at noon Thursday.

DENR’s regional offices in Raleigh, Washington and Wilmington also reopened to the public Thursday. However, staff members are urging visitors to use caution as large portions of the parking lots are covered by ice.

Officials with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will reopen parks, recreation areas, trails and facilities at different times as conditions warrant. Current information on a park’s status can be found on that park’s web page, which can be accessed from the state parks’ website, www.ncparks.gov.

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