February 21, 2012
More than 17.8 million guests visited Missouri's 85 state parks last year
Missouri State Parks attendance up more than 9 percent in 2011
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that attendance at Missouri's State Parks saw a dramatic increase in attendance in 2011, another sign of Missouri's economic recovery. More that 17.8 million guests visited Missouri's State Parks in 2011, a 9.1 percent increase from 2010. This is the third consecutive increase in attendance since Gov. Nixon took office, reversing a 10-year decline in parks attendance.
"Having personally visited each of Missouri's 85 state parks, I know that Missouri State Parks provide folks with fun, healthy opportunities to enjoy the outdoors," Gov. Nixon said. "Whether you're seeking adventure, wanting to learn more about our state's history, or simply looking for a place to relax - there's a state park that's right for you. I encourage families to experience all that the Show-Me State has to offer."
In 2011, Missouri State Parks was ranked as one of the top four state park systems in the country by the National Recreation and Parks Association.
"Our parks are an excellent place to visit for a day-trip or spend the night in a campground," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "Our parks and historic sites offer an impressive glimpse of the natural and cultural beauty throughout our state."
For more information on Missouri State Parks visit MO.gov.