AUDIO: Review of Missouri State Parks
Editor's Note: Bill Bryan, director of Missouri state parks, spoke with The MissouriNet about the 2012 camping season and looks ahead to this coming season. A brief summary appears below. To listen to the entire interview, click here.
Missouri’s state parks are being prepared for a new tourist season after having one of their greatest years ever. Last summer’s oppressive heat and week after week of drought might not seem like ideal weather for a camping trip or a visit to a state historic site. But the parks division says the number of people visiting those parks and sites was the second largest on record.
Director Bill Bryan says the heat did take a toll, though. He says visitors were breaking attendance records until things dried up.
He says the total reached 18 million, only about 200,000 less than the record set more than a decade ago. The parks division says an economic study shows the state parks and historic sites division supported more than 14,500 jobs and had a billion dollar economic impact on the state.