Missouri Gov. Touts State Park Visitations

March 11, 2013 by   - () 1 Comment

Red pins from this Google Map show the location of state parks in Missouri. The governor recently reported increased state park visitation for the fourth consecutive year.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced March 8 that attendance at Missouri’s State Parks increased in 2012, another sign of Missouri’s economic recovery.

More that 18 million guests visited Missouri’s State Parks in 2012, the fourth consecutive increase in attendance since Gov. Nixon took office, reversing a 10-year decline in parks attendance, KY3-TV, Springfield, Mo., reported.

“Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, or learn more about our rich history – Missouri State Parks have something for everyone,” Nixon said. “I encourage all Missouri families to come experience the beauty of the Show-Me State this year by visiting our state parks.”

Increased attendance at Missouri State Parks also strengthens the state’s economy. An economic impact study for the Missouri state park system released in 2012 reported that the total annual expenditure of state parks visitors in 2011 was approximately $778 million. The overall economic impact of these expenditures is estimated at $1.02 billion in sales, $307 million in payroll and related income, and $123 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Also, visitors’ expenditures support 14,535 jobs in Missouri.



One Response to “Missouri Gov. Touts State Park Visitations”

  1. Nancy Jasperse on May 12th, 2016 3:46 pm

    I would like a Missouri State Park map that would name and locate each of the parks. We plan to go to Branson but can’t find any map that shows a park within the context of a larger area. The map of MO state parks shows a post for each of the parks but doesn’t name them and I get nothing by clicking on the post. A map of the park without showing the surrounding area doesn’t help me much when I don’t know the area.