Maine State Parks had record attendance in 2018

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For Immediate Release

January 18, 2019

Contact: Tom Desjardin, 207-416-2230

Maine State Parks had record attendance in 2018

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands announced that a record number of visitors used Maine State Parks in 2018. Parks Bureau staff reported attendance of just under 3 million visits to Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites. Overall visits to parks were up 11 percent over 2017 numbers.

The parks system set new high numbers for camping, day use visits, and overall use of state parks. At the same time, revenues generated by these visits rose substantially over prior years.

Parks Bureau Director Tom Desjardin commented, “This is a huge reflection on the incredibly hard-working people who manage our parks and historic sites. Their commitment to our mission and our visitors is remarkable."

Deputy Commissioner Randy Charette expressed hope that a portion of increased revenues generated from the increased visits will be used to help maintain the parks system, “We want to maintain the quality of our park roads and facilities to ensure the best possible visitor experience.”

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