April 02, 2010
Waterbury, Vt. – The good weather is boosting more than spirits.
Vermont State Park officials say the sunshine and warmth are also motivating people to make plans for the upcoming park season.
While nearby states such like New York are scaling back their state park operations, Vermont’s system, and the quality of the experience, is improving by the day. As a result, officials are working toward another increase in the number of Vermonters and out of state tourists making plans to visit one, or more, of its 52 state parks.
Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jason Gibbs said the number of reservations for the upcoming camping season is currently slightly ahead of this time last year and his department is anticipating a good boost in sales from the warm, sunny weather. Revenue from sales of all services including camping and season passes is currently 6.4 ahead of last fiscal year.
Vermont’s park system offers something for every interest and is benefiting from a multi-million dollar capital investment in its facilities, Commissioner Gibbs continued. “Our state parks are among the very best, and most diverse, in the country and they are getting better by the day,” he said.
With neighboring states making dramatic, and unfortunate, changes to the scope and quality of their park services, Vermont will be actively courting more guests from out of state to experience what its system has to offer. An effort that Gibbs says would help increasing the park system’s contribution to economic activity and further reduce its reliance on tax dollars.
Thousands of spaces remain available and officials encourage campers to make their reservations early, particularly for extended vacations, weekends and holidays.
“We are looking forward to another great season and encourage Vermonters to make their reservations now,” Gibbs said.
Whether you want to swim, bike, boat, fish, hike, or just relax and recharge, Vermont’s State Parks offer affordable and accessible adventure and make the perfect backdrop for lifelong memories.
“The weather is getting us fired up for the start of our 2010 season, which kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. And if our early reservations and season pass sales are any indication, our guests are getting fired up too,” Gibbs concluded.
Reservations can be made, and season passes purchased, by visiting www.vtstateparks.com or by calling 1-888-409-7579.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: April 02, 2010 16:29:26