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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
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.
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This study builds on previous NRPA research on the economic importance of local park and recreation agencies by exploring the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development.