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Assateague State Park and Campground to Reopen

Other Maryland State Parks Opening on Case by Case Basis

Berlin, MD (August 30, 2011) – The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has reopened Assateague State Park after closing it due to Hurricane Irene. MPS will reopen the campground tomorrow (Wednesday, August 31). Campers with reservations that began before August 31 may return to the campground at 8:30 a.m. but must check-in at the Ranger Station office upon arrival. Campers with reservations beginning August 31 may check-in beginning at 2 p.m.

“We are happy to report that Maryland’s State Parks made it through Hurricane Irene without injuries or significant damage,” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “Maryland Park Service employees are hard at work, doing everything possible to get our State Parks back up and running in time for the Labor Day weekend.”

Several Maryland State Parks have already reopened. Park staff continues to work through the challenge of tree damage and power outages in some of the harder hit regions to reopen the remaining parks.

MPS will update the status of the State Parks at 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 recent 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.

   August 30, 2011

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