filed under: economics of trails
Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.
Capital Crossroads, the incubator for the Greater Des Moines Water Trails Project, (‘the Client”) engaged Johnson Consulting to assist with creating a regional network of water trails and greenways that will reconnect residents of Central Iowa to their river roots in an effort to remain compeitive with other regions for workforce, and to provide first-class quality of life for its citizens. Johnson Consulting was specifically engaged to perform an economic impact analysis for the operations at three dams across downtown Des Moines – the Center Street Dam, the Fleur Dam, and the Scott Avenue Dam. With over 150 miles of water trails, these can be leveraged to increase the overall economic impact and tourism in Des Moines.
Published December 18, 2018
San Jose is developing a 100 mile trail network! View the handout!
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.
This 1997 paper estimates the value of a relatively new form of recreation: mountain biking. Its popularity has resulted in many documented conflicts, and its value must be estimated so an informed decision regarding trail allocation can be made. A travel cost model (TCM) is used to estimate the economic benefits, measured by consumer surplus, to the users of mountain bike trails near Moab, Utah.
Oakridge provides but one example of a rural community experiencing economic and social decline.