Summer Lovin’ for Parks

The summer season was once again a boon for New York’s state parks, historic sites and campgrounds, which saw 700,000 more visitors from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend than in 2013, a two percent increase.

In all, 36 million visitors took advantage of the state’s beaches, campgrounds, pools, picnic areas, historic sites. Campgrounds in particular were popular, with two percent more overnight stays than the previous season. Read more about this year’s summer season.

Outdoor recreation has a significant impact on New York’s economy. A study by the Outdoor Industry Association found that outdoor recreation generates $33.8 billion in consumer spending in New York, directly supporting 305,000 jobs. Parks & Trail’s New York’ 2009 study showed that the state parks system boosts New York’s economy to the tune of nearly $2 billion annually—a 5-1 return on investment—and provides 20,000 jobs, not including state parks employees.

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