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Broome County parks see increase in boat rentals

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(WBNG) -- More people are looking to get out on the water this summer.

Broome County Parks says they have seen a significant increase in both attendance and boat rentals in the past few months.

Director of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services Liz Woidt says Dorchester Park has seen the spike first hand.

"Dorchester Park alone, boating revenue we matched in the first five days what we did in July 2019 last year. So we've definitely seen increases in attendance, revenue, and just across the board," said Woidt.

She says one reason for the increase could be because boating allows for social distancing.

"It's a really safe activity -- you can come with your immediate household. Our crews are sanitizing the boats between each use, sanitizing the life jackets. Once you get out on your boat, you're out on the lake, and it's very easy to distance from everyone else that's out there," she said.

Due to the pandemic, many people are looking for ways to take advantage of the outdoors while staying close to home.

"People aren't traveling as much this year with everything going on, so I think they're really utilizing the local parks to get out, just get away from the house, get outside and just enjoy the outdoors," said Woidt.

Since there has been an increase in people, Broome County Parks had more spots to fill this summer.

"This year we're fully staffed with our lifeguards, and we've added extra. With social distancing, we want to be able to open all of our sections so people can safely go swimming in the water, social distance from each other. Same with our laborers, we're fully staffed there because we have a lot of extra cleaning protocols we've put into place this year," said Woidt.

For more information on Dorchester Park and its boat rental pricing, click here.

Annie Flaherty

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