Or, to be more precise, park-ing: New York State Park camping reservations are up 16 percent. This mirrors a trend in other states. So this summer, the fens and spinneys of New York may very well be filled with folks trying to save a buck on vacations, blowing up their propane stoves and burning their tents down. I, for one, cannot wait to get back to the woods.
I prefer camping at state parks as opposed to private campgrounds. If I’m going to be forced to pay enormously high taxes and fees in this state, then I’m damn well going to use some of the amenities. Passed in the most recent state budget was a huge $95 million capital infusion for the New York State Parks System – a timely bit of funding. I hope that most of this money is earmarked for renovations and staffing of existing parks, rather than the development of new ones. Some of these parks need more help than others.
If you also use the state parks system, and can compare New York’s system to others, what do you like best about it, or hate the most and wish you could change? (Or, what would get you to use them?) How do you think they ought to spend the money?