Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


The team conducted research to help the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) improve their state park attendance collection methods. We divided the DCR's parks into categories based on modes of public access to the facilities. Then we conducted a survey and phone interviews with state park directors across the nation to identify state of the art visitor attendance collection methods currently being employed throughout the nation. We used a performance characteristics scale to rate each method according to the categories of park access. Based on this scale, we recommended the most effective methods of tracking park attendance at various kinds of state parks to the DCR.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts