Overnight stays at Ohio's state parks jumped this year in spite of a still-sour economy.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Parks and Recreation notes that overnight stays jumped nearly 10 percent this year.
This past year the parks division recorded 578,248 overnight camping stays, an increase from the 531,612 overnight camping stays in 2008.
"Helps" that aided in the increase included the voluntary services of no fewer than 54 local "friends" groups that assisted with individual park improvement projects.
Not surprising then, customer satisfaction increased by 1 1/2 percent to a sliding scale of 4.613 out of a possible 5.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn