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By Tim Gaynor
PHOENIX, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Three of the most renowned U.S. National Parks, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty, are to reopen in coming days after state governors reached deals despite an ongoing government shutdown.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugaard, said in separate statements on Friday that they had reached agreements with the federal government to reopen their respective parks between Saturday and Monday.
The emblematic parks are among 401 National Park Service attractions across the United States that shut their gates to fee-paying visitors on Oct. 1 after the U.S. Congress and the White House failed to reach agreement on raising the nation's debt limit.
Brewer said the Grand Canyon, which draws nearly 5 million visitors a year, would reopen on Saturday after she reached a deal with the federal government to pay the National Park Service $651,000 to resume operations for seven days, using state and other monies.
"With a long weekend in front of us, I am thrilled Grand Canyon will be open and fully operational," Brewer said in a statement, referring to the upcoming Columbus Day weekend.
"While this deal will buy us some time and bring back lost revenue to the state, I would hope our elected officials in Washington move urgently to negotiate an immediate end to this government standstill," she added.
The national parks attract some 280 million visitors a year, generating millions of dollars in income for local businesses ranging from hotels and restaurants to tours and souvenir shops.
In New York, Cuomo said that state agreed to fully fund the National Park Service cost at $61,600 per day to reopen Liberty Island National Park this weekend and keep it open during the federal government shutdown.
"The Statue of Liberty is one of this country's most recognizable landmarks, attracting millions of visitors to the state every year, and its closure these last 11 days has had a terrible impact on the local economy and tourism industry," Cuomo said in a statement.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard said he had reached an agreement with the National Park Service to re-open the Mount Rushmore monument on Monday morning using private donations.
The park service is going to charge South Dakota $15,200 per day to operate the monument, he said in a statement. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; David Bailey and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and David Brunnstrom)