Faced with shrinking state funds, New York’s parks might find new income by expanding camping areas and adding cabins.
Statewide and locally, camping makes up only 12 percent of total revenue for state parks, but presents considerable opportunities for growth, according to The Saratogian.
“Across the state, cabins are becoming a huge draw,” said Heather Mabee, chair of the Saratoga/Capital District Region Parks Commission, which met Thursday at Saratoga Spa State Park. “People love not having to set up a tent.”
Cabins also generate considerably more income than tent sites. For example, the lakeshore cottage at Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County rents for $1,000 per week at peak times, while tenters pay only $130.
Moreau is home to the only three cabins in the entire Saratoga/Capital District region. However, the park’s master plan calls for up to 80 additional tent sites and a colony of about 15 cabins across from the main entrance between Old Saratoga Road and Route 9. The master plan also makes provisions for a recreational vehicle campsite in that area.
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