Friday, December 18, 2009

Ohio state parks had more overnight stays in '09

Funding for state parks is dropping, but attendance at Ohio-owned campgrounds, lodges and cottage isn't.

The number of overnight stays in state parks through November was 632,533, an increase of about 8 percent from the same period in 2008, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported yesterday.

In that period, the average length of a stay at state-owned facilities increased 14 percent, from 2.56 nights to 2.91 nights.

The state's 74 parks have nine resort lodges, 518 cottages and 57 campgrounds with more than 9,000 camping sites. Camping is the reason for the majority of these stays, consistently accounting for more than 90 percent of all state-park overnight stays in the past five years.
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