2010 named 'Year of Florida State Parks'
In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Florida state park system, Governor Charlie Crist has named the upcoming year the "Year of Florida State Parks."
The state's park system has grown from eight to 160 parks since 1935, and now encompasses 700,000 acres.
"Florida State Parks not only preserve our state's beautiful natural environment, but also contribute billions of dollars to state and local economies, and promote tourism to our great state," said Governor Charlie Crist. "During the last fiscal year, Florida State Parks had an economic impact of nearly $1 billion and served more than 21.4 million visitors, illustrating the importance of these natural treasures to Florida's residents, visitors and wildlife, as well as the beaches, waterways and forests that Florida State Parks protect."
The park system will celebrate the anniversary by hosting special events at locations throughout the state, including 25 signature events that will highlight individual parks' histories, as well as the state park system as a whole.
The parks offer more than 3,400 campsites, 260 cabins and 14,000 park programs for people of all ages, statewide, 365 days a year.
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