DNR expects more state park visitors this summer

DNR expects more people to visit state parks this summer; annual pass sales up 8 percent
Posted on June 15, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is expecting more people to visit state parks this summer after a harsh winter.

The projection is based in part on revenue from yearlong passes being up about 8 percent this year through May compared to the same time last year, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1hRphsr ). That amounted to about $1.74 million for the state agency even though fees are staying at $40.

One-day admissions also are up by 20 percent over last year, as they reeled in about $1.06 million between January and May.

The spike was much more sudden this year after unusually cold weather lasted well into spring.

“Within the last four to six weeks, we have more than made up for (a slow start), thanks in large part to some fantastic weekends of weather,” said Christie Sorrells, business services program director for the DNR’s parks and reservoirs division.

Despite increasing from 2013, revenue from daily passes is down from the first five months of 2012, when uncommonly warm weather drove sales up to $1.1 million. Annual passes, which in 2012 cost $4 less than they do now, brought in $1.59 million.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com

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