State Parks are a great idea. If you are enjoying Ken Burn’s documentary about The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, on PBS, you may want to check out this video titled A Bold Idea For Desperate Times. It’s about the Civilian Conservation Corps boys and the building of America’s State Park System. Did you know that:
Some of America’s best known parks started as State parks. Yosemite was first protected as a State park by President Abraham Lincoln before transitioning to a National park in 1872.
Niagara Falls is the oldest State park in the United States, and will mark its 125-year commemoration in 2010.
State parks nationwide attract 730 million visits annually and draw environmentally-conscience, active consumers who live in close proximity of State parks.
Often called “America’s Backyard”, State park visitors use parks as an extension of their backyard – returning frequently and visiting for recreational and active lifestyle reasons.