NY State Parks Break Attendance Record with 84.1 Million Visits in 2023

Courtesy: nystateparkstours.com

(WNY News Now) – New York – The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation reported the highest annual increase on record, signaling a 60 percent rise in attendance over the last two decades. Key 2023 enhancements include a $47 million project completion at Hempstead Lake State Park, the inauguration of the $46 million Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Welcome Center at Niagara Falls State Park, and a new $6.8 million multi-use trail at Allegany State Park.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the State Parks system introduced the Centennial Challenge, encouraging visitors to partake in 24 activities for a chance to win prizes. A digital “Share Your Story” initiative invites the public to reminisce about their park experiences throughout 2024.

Governor Hochul’s Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget proposes $300 million for park improvements, including a $100 million allocation for the Centennial celebration. Notable projects encompass the transformation of Jones Beach State Park’s East Bathhouse and the rehabilitation of Harriman State Park’s Lake Sebago Beach. Governor Hochul also aims to double lifeguard water safety programs.

With over 250 sites, the New York State Office of Parks encourages exploration through the NY State Parks Explorer app and invites engagement on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and the OPRHP Blog. For more information, visit parks.ny.gov or call 518.474.0456.

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