Cuomo touts historic total of NYS park visitors in 2018

They are calling it a milestone with seven years of steady growth, which they say represents an increase of 28 percent, or 16.2 million visitors, since Cuomo took office in 2011.

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 2:56 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo is touting a record-breaking year in 2018 for New York state parks, historic sites, campgrounds and trails.

The governor’s office says an estimated 74 million visitors stepped foot inside a state park of some sort last year.

They are calling it a milestone with seven years of steady growth, which they say represents an increase of 28 percent, or 16.2 million visitors, since Cuomo took office in 2011.

"State parks are at the heart of New York's tourism economy, attracting visitors from all over the world to discover the history and explore the beauty of our great state," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "Through the Parks 2020 initiative and other major investments to preserve and modernize our parks, campgrounds, and historic sites, we continue to re-energize local economies and encourage families to experience the unparalleled recreation opportunities that are available in New York."

From 2017 to 2018, visitors at state parks increased by 4 percent, with the total growing from 71.5 million to 74.1 million.

Officials say that ongoing improvements made through the Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 Plan “promote healthy outdoor recreation and encourage families and visitors to explore parks across the state.”

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