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SUBMITTED by Gene Bavis, Finger Lakes Trail Conference (25-Feb-2010)

These are tough times in our State & Nation with regards to our economy. We have to make difficult decisions and set priorities. I'm sure that all of you have heard that many of our State Parks may be closed because of budget problems in NYS.

I recently attended the Empire State Tourism Conference in Albany. I learned some significant things there:
  • Tourism is the #1 industry in NYS.
  • One dollar spent on tourism promotion will return seven to ten dollars on average.
  • There were two million more visitors to NYS parks in 2009 than there were in 2008.
The Finger Lakes Trail goes through or near MANY of our NYS Parks. While I don't have specific numbers, I suspect many of the campers in our parks are hiking our trails.

Draw your own conclusions, and if you feel so inclined, I urge you to contact your local Assemblyman and/or State Senator. The link below gives you some of the details of the proposed closings and reductions.



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1 Comment to "Possible Closing of State Parks, etc."

  1. Videomark Said,

    This article in the Philadelphia Daily News "New York's lakes are a natural & culinary paradise"

    Yes our natural beauty and State Parks are important for our tourism industry.


    Posted on Wed Mar 10, 08:38:00 AM EST


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