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National Park Tourism Creates Over $51 Million in Local Economic Benefit

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Date: February 28, 2013
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-343-7355 (cell)

Brecksville, Ohio - A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 2,161,185 visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park spent $51,473,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 728 jobs in the local area.

"Besides being a national park that people of Northeast Ohio incorporate into their everyday life, Cuyahoga Valley National Park attracts visitors from across the U.S. and the world," said superintendent Stan Austin. "One of the key elements national parks offer are gateway communities that serve as starting points for visits. Parks can be true economic drivers to the local, state, and national economy."

The information on Cuyahoga Valley National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for NPS. For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent).

To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Ohio and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/ohio.

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Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.