Park System Sees Unprecedented Year-Round Usage during Pandemic
Revitalized Park System Continues to See Steady Growth with AnotherRecord-Setting Year
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York’s State parks, historic sites, campgrounds, and trails welcomed a record-setting 78 million visits in 2020. The milestone marks nine years of steady visitor growth and represents an overall increase of 34 percent, or more than 20 million visitors since the Governor took office in 2011.
“In 2020, our State parks became an even more critical resource than before as New Yorkers sought safe places for solace, exercise and relief from the pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York remains fully committed to the continued modernization of our parks system, and with the recent completion of the 750-mile Empire State Trail, we are ensuring New Yorkers and visitors alike, have unparalleled recreational opportunities, especially during these unprecedented times.”
“In what has been a tremendously difficult year, our State parks have remained open for residents and visitors to enjoy, get out of the house and stay active,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “As we reimagine New York for the post-pandemic future, we will continue to improve our State parks to not only provide more recreational opportunities for New Yorkers, but also boost our local downtowns and regional tourism economies across the State.”
New York State Parks saw estimated visitation grow from the previous record of 77.1 million visits in 2019 to 78 million in 2020.