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October 31, 2012

Most State Parks Open after Sandy Clean-Up

by Martha

Cunningham Falls State Park

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has reopened all but 11 of Maryland’s 66 State Parks after extensive clean-up and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Seven of the reopened parks are open with limited services, some without electric power, while the remaining parks are open and fully operational. The 11 closed parks will remain closed as crews continue to clean up and repair infrastructure.  

 

The following parks will remain closed until further notice:

Herrington Manor (Garrett County)

Swallow Falls (Garrett County)

New Germany (Garrett County)

Deep Creek Lake (Garrett County)

Dans Mountain (Allegany County)

Cunningham Falls (Frederick County)

Assateague (Worcester County)

Janes Island (Somerset County)

Pocomoke (Worcester County)

Martinak (Caroline County)

Wye Island (Queen Anne’s County)

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of DNR’s Park Service, Forest Service and Engineering and Construction Unit, the majority of Maryland’s State Parks have been restored to a safe condition for our visitors,” said MPS Superintendent Nita Settina. “These employees have worked non-stop to ensure that our State Parks are open and available to the public, and they will continue to do so until all parks are open.”

Please note this list will change as clean-up and repairs are completed. For a complete, up-to-date list, citizens should visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands. Park visitors can also contact MPS customer service at 1-800-830-3974 for updated information.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a 2010 study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

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