Attendance Up At State Parks 

Maine officials are saying 2009 was an up year for attendance at the state’s parks despite the poor economy and last summer’s rainy weather.According to the Bureau of Parks and Lands, the number of visits to state parks increased nearly 8% from 2008.The occupancy rate at the state’s 12 state campgrounds was up by 1%, while day use visits showed an increase of 8.3%.In all, there were more than 2.3 million visits to the state’s 47 state parks and historic sites.