Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space

by the Trust for Public Land

This casebook presents data and examples that can help leaders and concerned citizens make the economic case for parks and open space conservation.


Benefits Econ Parks Open Space Tpl 1999


Published January 01, 1999

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On average, the majority of survey respondents disapprove of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This remains true across the board for each of the major user groups; however, mountain bike rider respondents are less likely to disapprove of allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails and equestrian respondents are more likely to disapprove.

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

As a compliment to the Arizona State Parks 2020 Trails Plan, this study estimates the economic value of non-motorized and motorized trail use to Arizona residents using the travel cost method.

Why Trails?

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