An Examination of the Economic Impacts of Operations and Capital Spending by Local Park and Recreation Agencies on the U.S. Economy
Millions of people benefit directly from the tireless work of park and recreation professionals—from coordinating fun family events and ensuring clean and safe open spaces to exercise to providing community resources where residents can get a nutritious meal. We have always known that local parks and recreation add significant value and benefits to their communities in terms of Conservation, Health & Wellness and Social Equity. Beyond that, local park and recreation agencies and their dedicated staff are also engines of economic activity in their communities.
Published May 2018
posted Feb 14, 2023
From August to December 2021, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition surveyed 136 small business owners in 38 communities located along the Continental Divide Trail to learn more about how the Continental Divide Trail impacts their businesses, the local economy, and their support for public lands.
posted Apr 11, 2022
Everything you need to know about the positive impact of trails on health, environment, economics, and more.
posted Jun 23, 2021
The future for outdoor recreation. To continue building a robust future for outdoor recreation, the outdoor sector needs investments in outdoor infrastructure, businesses that support collaboration and sustainable growth, a talent pipeline to build a skilled workforce, and marketing resources that ensure quality and equity.
posted Feb 16, 2021
This survey aims to quantify the capacity of the trails community to build, maintain, and develop trails now, and to provide input to GAOA and LWCF funding.