Thursday, May 26, 2011

Economic Impacts of Maryland State Parks

In 2010, 362,714 people visited Maryland’s State Parks during Memorial Day weekend, with approximately 6 million people making visits between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

“State Parks represent an affordable, relaxing way to connect with nature, family and friends,” according to Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “There’s a State Park within easy driving distance of every Marylander, allowing them to save money on gas, help the environment and still not have to make any sacrifices when it comes to their holiday adventure.”

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally.

According to DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Our 66 State Parks not only provide those memories and tremendous recreational opportunities, but they also contribute significantly to our local economies.”

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