Friday August 30, 2013
Wet and windy weather this summer making it challenge for Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism with park attendance.
But State Parks Director Linda Lanterman is hoping the Labor Day Holiday weekend will bring out good attendance to the lakes.
Lanterman says, "It's starting to end in a good note for us. So we're excited about the weather for this weekend to get people out to the Kansas State Parks and enjoy one last good holiday weekend."
Lanterman says the lakes and parks have experienced many challenges in recent years from tornadoes to blue green algae. Then this summer has had everything from drought to floods. "It's been a summer full of obstacles for us. It's up and down."
The legislature is pushing the department to rely more on fees generated from permits and less from the general fund. That's why paid park attendance is so important.
Lanterman says, "We're trying to work towards a fee driven state parks system. We're not there yet. But it's always a goal."
Despite what would seem a bleak year for park attendance, the director says it's not all bad considering the weather.
"We're holding pretty steady, surprisingly."
"We had some low numbers early on, but they've been picking up pretty steadily."
She's hoping this will be a bounce back weekend after a summer of weather trials.