WOODBURY - Long Island state parks saw higher revenue this season, despite a drop in attendance.
According to Newsday, more than 8.7 million people visited state parks between Memorial Day and Aug. 29.
That figure is around $1 million less than it was last year, but revenue rose as people spent more money on fewer trips. Officials say attendance at Long Island state parks suffered because of the cold, wet start to the summer season.
Park facilities generated $16.5 million, compared to $16.3 million last year.
State Parks officials say lifeguards will be on duty until Sept. 15.