Consider Parks As Economic Development Engines

Perhaps we got involved with Park Foundation because we are in some way a tree hugger or perhaps it was our involvement in supporting community recreation such as bicycling, swimming or the many options offered by our agencies. Whatever drew us to support parks and recreation in our community, please know that the impact of what we do is more far reaching. In his article, "Consider Parks As Economic Development Engines And Not Just A Drain On City Budgets" in The Park Catolog,, Robert Caston cites 10 ways that parks have an economic impact on their communities. He says that "To generate more revenue and taxes, build more parks. Big. Small. Doesn’t matter. Just build more. Add more amenities such as artwork, sculptures, picnic tables, trees, grills, playgrounds, band stands, park benches, or even musical instruments. Because parks attract people. And revenue."

The impact of Park Foundations in supporting our agencies' development of parks and recreational opportunites in their communities is often more than we originally thought or intended. It's often larger than our donors originally see. We need to share this impact as we ask others to support our missions.

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