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
Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually.
This report evaluates the economic, environmental, and social benefits of outdoor recreation activities associated with trails and their nexus with the economy of Washington.
Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to Washington state's economy, according to companion studies released by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
A 2019 Purdue Road School presentation asking, do trails offer a direct economic benefit?