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NYS Parks See Record Attendance in 2022


New York State Parks for 2022 saw record attendance with visitors totaling 79.5 million, one million more than in 2021. The attendance is counted from those visiting state parks, historic sites, campgrounds and trails operated by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “State Parks is grateful to those who have returned and to those who are discovering what all the State Parks and Historic Sites have to offer. With Governor Hochul’s support, we are working to better welcome these visitors, play a positive role in local economies, and address the challenges of a changing climate.”

State parks have seen an attendance increase of nearly 43% since 2008, with the most visited parks in 2022 being Niagara Falls (9.4 million visitors), Jones Beach State Park (8.5 million visitors), Robert Moses State Park (3.8 million visitors), Saratoga Springs (3.5 million visitors), Sunken Meadow State Park (3.1 million visitors), Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park (3 million visitors), and Bear Mountain State Park (2.4 million visitors).

For the state’s 2024 budget, Governor Hochul has committed $200 million dollars in capital funding to continue to transform the state’s flagship parks, support infrastructure projects, and assist in achieving a 2030 goal of parks powered by renewable energy.

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