Nice weather to start 2020 led to a record number of people taking part in the New Year’s Day First Day Hikes at more than four-dozen state parks in Iowa.
Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa D-N-R’s Parks Bureau, says a record of more than 43-hundred people turned out for the January 1st hikes:
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Attendance was the highest since the annual events began in 2012 and the number of hikers was three times last year’s turnout, thanks to warmer-than-normal temperatures.
The hike was the first of one-hundred events throughout 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of Iowa’s first state park.
Coffelt recommends Iowans visit the Iowa-D-N-R-dot-gov website to determine how many of the 100 events they’ll be able to attend.
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Backbone State Park in Delaware County was Iowa’s first state park, founded in 1920, and there are now a total of 68 state parks and four state forests.