Spending at local and regional public parks contributed almost $140 billion in economic activity and generated nearly 1 million jobs in 2013. These numbers enhance an already robust list of reasons why public parks are important partners to their communities.
These results are from the recently released Economic Impact of Local Parks, the first-ever nationwide study by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University that measured the economic impact of local and regional parks. The study used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from NRPA’s benchmarking database, PRORAGIS.
Read more: http://www.parksandrecreation.org/2016/January/Local-and-Regional-Parks-Engines-of-Economic-Activity/