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July 7, 2017

Three state parks report strong attendance during 4th of July weekend

At least three state parks reported strong attendance during the four-day 4th of July weekend, prompting the Maine State Parks to issue a release stating it expects the final tally for all state parks to exceed visitor numbers for the same period in 2016.

In its release, Maine State Parks reported attendance at Reid State Park in Georgetown for the four days was 6,987, compared to 6,843 in 2016. Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth reported 7,886 visitors, compared to 7,298 in 2016, and Range Pond State Park in Poland reported 7,318 visitors, compared to 5,870 the previous year.

Gov. Paul LePage, who kept Maine State Parks and historic sites open during the recent government shutdown, issued a statement praising state employees for their efforts to ensure that visitors enjoyed the parks, incident-free, during the Independence Day holiday.

“I wish to publicly thank Maine state employees, in this case Bureau of Parks and Lands employees, for their service and professionalism in the face of a difficult situation,” LePage said. “Amidst a government shutdown, during one of the busiest times of the year, they safely handled more visitors than last year. Their efforts are a testament to the commitment, dedication and talents of Maine State employees. Because of them, the holiday vacation plans and public safety of Maine residents and out-of-state guests were not compromised.”

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