Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release
For Immediate Release – Monday, March 2, 2015
Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Remains Eleventh in Visitation
Brecksville, Ohio - Visitation at America’s national parks broke all-time records in 2014, as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016 with a major push to encourage more visitors to experience their national parks. In the recently release report by Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, there were 292.8 million visits to national parks, breaking the previous record set in 1999 when parks saw just over 287.1 million visits.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) ranked as the eleventh most visited national park with 2,189,849 visits in 2014. In FY13 the park also ranked eleventh with 2,109,010 visits. CVNP does not charge an entrance fee, so does not have entrance stations. Visitation is determined by counters placed at trailhead parking lots.
“We are pleased to be ranked among the treasures of the National Park System like Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks,” said Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “In addition to increased numbers of people, we are also seeing changes in our visitor demographics. Not only do we see large numbers of people from local communities, we are also seeing more out-of-state visitors. This summer we will conduct an extensive visitor study to get solid statistics to confirm this change.”
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.