Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Cape Cod National Seashore Equals Visitors Plus Money and Jobs
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
SOUTH WELLFLEET, MA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 4.6 million visitors in 2010 spent over $171 million at Cape Cod National Seashore and in communities near the park. That spending supported approximately 2,000 jobs in the area.
"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," said Superintendent George Price. "Cape Cod National Seashore is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."
Most of the spending and jobs are related to lodging, food and beverage service and other retail, entertainment and amusements, gas and local transportation, and groceries.
The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.
To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Did You Know?
The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Seashore was designated in 1989 as a special place in the dunes within Cape Cod National Seashore. Dune shack living emerged in the early 20th century and was based in cottages built by coastguardsmen stationed at nearby stations.