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New York- In preparation for a July 4 reopening following an eight-month closure due to severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, visitors will be able to purchase tickets to visit Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Tickets are now available online at http://www.statuecruises.com or by calling (201) 604-2800. Crown tickets are only available by reservation. At this time, visitors may reserve advance tickets for travel from July 4 through September 2.
"We are delighted that Lady Liberty will once again be open to the public. We look forward to providing a safe and enjoyable experience to all of our visitors," announced Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger. "We appreciate the extraordinary efforts of all of those who are working diligently to re-open the park."
Starting July 4th, visitors will once again have access to Liberty Island, including the grounds, pedestal, the statue, and limited areas on Ellis Island. Further details about Ellis Island will be available in the coming weeks.
At the preliminary screening on Ellis Island, and at secondary screening for those entering the monument on Liberty Island, visitors will be screened using modern screening and detection technology. This new system on Ellis Island replaces the facilities at Liberty State Park, N.J. and Battery Park, N.Y that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.The National Park Service will have additional security measures in place at Battery Park, Liberty State Park and on board the ferries themselves.Though specific details of security programs are not made public, these measures include a coordinated and integrated combination of law enforcement, security personnel, and technology.
"As many know, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy crippled our operations for the past eight months.With the emergency funds provided by Congress, work can now be completed to repair and replace of the docks on Liberty Island, several interior spaces of park structures, security screening facilities, and other equipment needed for safe operations and a memorable experience," said Luchsinger. Until July 4th, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty will be closed to the public while NPS staff and contractors prepare for the reopening.
Updated information on the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will be available on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/stli, and via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StatueLibrtyNPSand Twitter at www.twitter.com/StatueLibrtyNPS.
About Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Located on a 12-acre island in New York Harbor, the statue, Liberty Enlightening the World, was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.