Invest in parks

Published 10:33 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our local, state and national parks preserve our cultural and natural landscapes, bring to life our history and provide us with accessible green spaces that are key to our quality of life.

And, although it is not their primary purpose, parks play a significant role in the economies of many communities. Research has shown, for instance, that every federal dollar invested in national parks generates at least four dollars economic value to the public.

By investing in parks, the millions of us who visit these places every day will see and enjoy the fruits of our collective labor and monitor the expenditures laid out to improve them. Notably, too, investing in parks will leave something lasting and important behind for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.


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As Congress and the incoming administration develop an economic stimulus package, it is important to note that an investment in our local and national parks can greatly help our economy.