June 10, 2010
Visitors streamed to Virginia's state parks in record numbers during the Memorial Day weekend.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says attendance totaled 271,683 from May 28 to May 31, breaking the record of 269,552 set in 2007. This year's attendance also was 15.9 percent higher than the same four-day period in 2009.
Even traffic on the agency's state parks website broke a record. Webmaster Steve Hawks says there were 11,571 visitors and 40,489 page views on May 28, the largest single-day traffic ever.
State Parks Director Joe Elton says revenue increased 17 percent to a record $539,778.