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State parks seeing more business during shutdown

State parks seeing more business during shutdown
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State parks seeing more business during shutdown

Officials with Oklahoma's state park system are reporting an increase in visitors after the shutdown of federal recreation areas within the state.

Reports say parks that usually see a drop in attendance during the fall are reporting a large number of visitors.

Oklahoma State Parks Director Kris Marek said, "We are actually experiencing considerable uptick."

Some parks, such as Eufaula and Texoma, are seeing a significant increase in visitors as campers are turned away from federal sites.

"It's actually a good thing for us because we're used to being busy in the summer and things start slacking off this time of year," Marek said. "So having this extra business is a very positive good fortune for us."

Several businesses in the areas of the federal recreation areas, however, are suffering a drop in business.

Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka, Okla. remains open and busy as well. The park posted this on Facebook Oct. 2.

“We are open. Hope the message gets around that we are not affected by the Federal shut-downs. We continue to stay open 7 days a week.”

And again on Oct. 3 the park posted the following:

“Come visit us at Little Sahara State Park. We are not affected by the Federal Government shut down. See you soon.”

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