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Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705Concord, MA. Minute Man National Historical Park received 1,049,414 visits in 2016, the National Park Service's centennial year.
The park had a strong increase in visitation in 2015 that continued through 2016, due in part to the centennial Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign launched with the National Park Foundation which reached new audiences and highlighted parks like Minute Man National Historical Park.
Minute Man National Historical Park visitation highlights included:
-1,049,414 visits in 2016 - up 8.8% compared to 2015 964,330 visits.
-Special events, interpretive programming, educational programming had 552,356 visitors in attendance
"We expected the trend in more visitors to continue from 2015 into 2016 as the NPS celebrated its Centennial," said superintendent BJ Dunn, "but these numbers really show how much of a draw Minute Man is and the beautiful resources the park offers so close to Boston."
Visitation increased throughout the National Park Service (NPS) system - reaching a record 330 million visitors in 2016.
-330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016 – up by 23.7 million visits (7.7%) over 2015.
-382 of the 417 parks in the National Park System count visitors and 77 of those parks set a new record for annual recreation visits. This is about 20% of reporting parks.
-4 parks had more than 10 million recreation visits (1% of reporting parks) – Golden Gate NRA, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, George Washington Memorial Parkway.
-80 parks had more than 1 million recreation visits (21% of reporting parks)
Top Ten All NPS Units in 2016
Golden Gate NRA – 15,638,777 Lincoln Memorial – 7,915,934
Blue Ridge Parkway – 15,175,578 Lake Mead –7,175,891
Great Smoky Mountains NP – 11,312,786 Grand Canyon NP – 5,969,811
George Washington Mem Parkway – 10,323,339 Natchez Trace Parkway – 5,891,315
Gateway NRA – 8,651,770 Vietnam Veterans Memorial -5,299,713
Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/park/PIRO