The MLK National Park in Atlanta reopened in time for the holiday. (Photo:

MLK National Park in Atlanta reopened in time for holiday

>> Read more trending news 

The park, which is run by the National Park Service, had been closed because of the partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22. The shutdown remained ongoing Saturday, but the park was able to reopen thanks to a $83,500 grant from Delta Air Lines.

The grant is enough to keep the park open through Feb. 3 — when Atlanta will host the Super Bowl.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the company “felt it was important we do our part to ensure that the historical landmarks be accessible to the public.”

Atlantan Debbie Snow visited the MLK site Saturday morning. She told Channel 2 Action News that she was glad folks in town for the Super Bowl — of which there are expected to be hundreds of thousands — will be able to do the same.

“That would spoil a lot of people’s trip if they couldn’t come,” Snow said.

Sites able to reopen because of Delta’s grant include the home where Martin Luther King Jr. was born; the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was co-pastor; the park’s visitor center; and historic First Station No. 6.

Thank you for reading the Journal-News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Journal-News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.