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NY State Parks See More Than 60 Million Visitors in 2013
By Joe Gullo
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Parks saw more than 60 million visitors in 2013.
A press release says overnight stays at campgrounds operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation were the highest on record.
“New York state parks and historic sites are an anchor of our tourism economy, and the latest park attendance numbers demonstrate Governor Cuomo’s efforts to revitalize the state park system and boost tourism are paying off,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “It’s wonderful to know that so many people are taking advantage of this scenic and beautiful system year after year."
A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites.