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Study shows attendance at state parks grows, even as funding decreases
Date:3/16/2011

growing. The prudent business plan would be to have stable or increased funding during periods of growth to protect the increasing market share."

The AIX report shows that visitation to America's state parks has grown from about 727 million visits in 2009 to more than 740 million in 2010 a 1.6 percent increase. During the same period, general-fund support for park operations was reduced by $114 million or about 12.3 percent. Day-use visitation to state parks increased by more than 17 million or 2.6 percent while overnight visits dropped from 64 to 60 million. "The price of gasoline and pressure on household budgets are likely reasons for the 5.3 percent reduction in overnight visits," Leung says.

Researchers are currently conducting statistical analyses on the AIX data to identify patterns and trends about state park use and operations.


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