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Economic Impact of Parks

An Examination of the Economic Impacts of Operations and Capital Spending by Local Park and Recreation Agencies on the U.S. Economy

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)


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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

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.

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