Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, suffering from a parking shortage for more than a year after the seismic activity of 2018, has added new parking in anticipation of the busy end-of-year visitor season. 

Workers are adding 20 parking stalls to the overflow parking lot to the east of Kilauea Visitors Center, park staff announced in a press release. 

Construction on the new gravel lot began at the end of October and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

"Impacts to natural resources will be minimal, and there will be no impact to cultural resources," according to the statement.

The eruption of Kilauea and hundreds of tremors in summer 2018 led to the closure of the Jaggar Museum and Kilauea Overlook and those two sites parking areas. After the park reopened in September 2018, parking was greatly reduced. 

The National Park Service continues to work on long-term plans to augment parking and address other post-eruption recovery projects, the statement said.

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