July 12, 2010
The July 4 weekend was another record-breaker for Virginia's state parks. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says state parks drew a total 266,739 visitors. That broke the previous record of 218,889 set last year.
Conservation and Recreation director David Johnson attributes the increase to warm, dry weather and improvements such as more cabins and activities.
Attendance over the Memorial Day weekend also broke a record.
Overall, state park attendance is up 8 percent for the first six months of 2010, compared to last year.