Missouri state parks top 20 million visitors for first time

2 years 1 month 1 day ago Wednesday, December 21 2016 Dec 21, 2016 Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:02:00 AM CST December 21, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A record number of people have visited Missouri state parks this year, with attendance topping the 20 million mark for the first time.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new record Wednesday.

Nixon said enhancing the park system was a priority when he took office in 2009. He said millions of dollars have been spent to improve parks and add to the system.

Among the parks seeing big gains in 2016 were Castlewood State Park and Babler State Park near St. Louis, Elephant Rocks and Johnson's Shut-Ins in southeast Missouri, Table Rock State Park in southwest Missouri, and Weston Bend State Park north of Kansas City.

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