About 95,000 people visited one of 10 reserve-based park properties in 2012, according to the district’s biennial report.
The 12-month attendance record shattered previous head count high marks. The number usually hovers around 46,000 people per year.
A spike occurred during MetroParks inaugural Roller Coaster Rumble in June at the Osborn MetroPark. The lacrosse tournament brought in more than 20,000, including players, their families, visitors and fans. The tournament provided a
$1.6 million injection to the local economy last year, according to the report, with visitors spending at area hotels, restaurants and other attractions.
Read more about the parks' popularity in today's Register or e-paper