Albany - (WALK) Long Islanders will continue to savor the season, even as state accountants prepare to close the books on the summer of 2013. The bottom line: visits to State parks on Long Island, down; revenue, up.
More than 8.7 million visits were recorded at Long Island's state parks between Memorial Day and the end of August, according to New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The number is a fall-off of more than one million from a year ago, when more than 9.9 visits were recorded.
Despite the lower number of visits, revenue from Long Island's state parks increased. This summer's tally was $16.5 million; a slight increase over the $16.3 generated in 2012, according to state officials.
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