According to the Park Service, there have already been 2.2 million more visitors than 2019, with several months still to go. Many Marylanders have sought green and open space provided by State and local parks since the start of the pandemic. The Park Service also reports a record number of closures after reaching maximum capacity.
From the press release:
“As our state continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we have consistently reminded the people of Maryland that outside activity is much safer than inside activity,” said Governor Hogan. “We are so pleased to see that Marylanders have heeded that advice by visiting our state parks in record numbers this year to exercise safely, get some fresh air, and spend time with family. I want to thank all of our park rangers and staff who have continued to provide a seamless level of service during the pandemic to ensure these valuable state resources remain accessible to Marylanders.”