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Better tally of NY state park's visitors sought

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2013 at 2:02 am •  Published: April 19, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Tourism leaders in the upstate city that's home to the state's most-visited park would like New York officials to come up with a method to get a more accurate count of annual attendance.

State parks officials say more than 8 million people visit Niagara Falls State Park every year. The figure is based mostly on estimates from paid attendance, parking lot usage and patron counts at a nearby visitor center.

But since the physical layout of the park lends itself to free-flowing pedestrian traffic in and out, it's difficult to accurately determine the number of visitors.

The Niagara Gazette reports ( ) that local parks commissioners have asked the Cuomo administration for a visitor research study. The local officials say the study would help efforts to market and promote all the area's tourist attractions.