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Title Summary
California Outdoor Recreation Economy Report Outdoor Recreation employs more Californians (691,000) than the wine industry and film and television industry combined (516,000). (July 2017) Information in this report can inform decision-makers of outdoor recreation’s value in combating crime, academic shortfalls and rising health care costs.
The Economic Benefits of San Francisco’s Park and Recreation System Learn how parks and recreation services provide economic benefits in many aspects of a community. This report’s inclusive perspective describes everything from tourism and property values to direct use and health value.
The Economic Impact of Local Parks – An Examination of the Economic Impacts of Operations and Capital Spending on the United States Economy This report provides information supporting the fact that local and regional parks are important assets. They serve as the “engine of significant economic activity and job creation.”