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Outer Banks Parks 2019 Review Meetings Set

Inside the Wright brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. Photo: Jennifer Allen

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Wright Brothers National Memorial both saw an increase in visitation last year, the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina announced last week.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore had 2.6 million recreational visits for the first time since 2003 last year. Cape Hatteras has experienced a yearly increase in visitation compared to the previous year since 2015. In 2019, visitation was 0.60% higher than visitation in 2018, according to the National Park Service. Wright Brothers National Memorial saw a 10.9% increase in recreational visits in 2019 versus 2018, which could be result of the reopening of the park’s renovated visitor center.

The public can learn more about the 2019 visitation patterns and park activities for Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial during public information meetings set for 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Ocracoke Community Center and at 6 p.m. March 10 in the Fessenden Center Annex Building  in Buxton.

Superintendent David Hallac will give an overview presentation of visitation patterns and park activities for last year at the three parks during these public meetings. The community will be given an opportunity to engage in a discussion and question and answer session.

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