Park visitation increased 245,000 visitors from 2009 holiday weekend

New York State Parks attracted more than 1.7 million visitors statewide during the past Memorial Day weekend, a 17 percent increase over the 2009 holiday weekend, State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash said.

“The strong holiday attendance is proof that New Yorkers love their state parks,” Ash said. “I’m happy that the citizens across the state who have been expressing their support for state parks are getting out and enjoying them. All of our magnificent parks are open, and I encourage all New Yorkers to fully enjoy all that our state parks have to offer. From swimming to hiking to camping, our parks and historic sites offer something for everyone.”

NYS Parks Commissioner Carol Ash speaking at Palisades State Park in Rockland County, NY

Ash said that attendance over the three-day weekend, May 29-31, totaled 1,705,977 visitors, an increase of 245,296 visitors over the May 23-25, 2009 holiday weekend. In addition, an average of 91 percent of the park system’s campsites and cabins were occupied over the weekend, up from 88 percent last Memorial Day weekend.

Ash suggested the following excursions for New Yorkers to experience the variety of the state park system.

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