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Report: Parks visitors spent $490M in ’10

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Fifteen employees at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site dug out porcelain berry and other invasive plants from the meadow of the historic cow pasture. (Dec. 3, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

A new National Park Service report shows visitors to national parks in New York spent more than $490 million in 2010, in addition to supporting more than 5,700 jobs.

According to the report, Fire Island National Seashore had more than 600,000 visitors in 2010 who spent more than $35 million in communities surrounding the park, benefiting 443 jobs. In Oyster Bay, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site welcomed more than 50,000 visitors that year who spent more than $3 million, supporting 46 jobs.

The report shows 52 percent of spending and job benefits were related to lodging, food and beverage service and 29 percent went to retail.

The Fire Island National Seashore contains 17 communities and is home to the William Floyd Estate, which offers free tours beginning in May.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site offers tours of Theodore Roosevelt’s house for a $5 fee. All other activities provided by the park, including beach access and nature walks, are free.

For more information on Sagamore Hill Park and activities offered, call 516-922-4788. For more on the Fire Island National Seashore, call 631-687-4750.

Photo: Sagamore Hill was the home of President Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death in 1919. Called the "Summer White House" during his presidency, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Dec. 3, 2011)


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