Release Date: February 28, 2012
Contacts: Jane Cowley, Independence NHP e-mail us, 215-597-0060
Edie Shean-Hammond, Hopewell Furnace NHS, e-mail us, 610-582-8773 X 230
Stephanie Loeb, Valley Forge NHP, e-mail us, 610-783-1013
Philadelphia - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,443,740 visitors in 2010 spent $208,742,000 in Independence National Historical Park, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and in communities near the parks. That spending supported 3,078 jobs in the local area.
"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach said. "Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and the other national parks in this area are clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."
National parks in this area are driving visitation to - and economic growth for - the entire Greater Philadelphia Region, including the city and the countryside. The report shows the following information by park:
Valley Forge NHP: 1,617,511 visitors spent $58,195,000 supporting 880 jobs
Hopewell Furnace NHS: 55,750 visitors spent $2,773,000 supporting 43 jobs
Independence NHP: 3,770,479 visitors spent $147,774,000 supporting 2,155 jobs (including Thaddeus Kosciuszko NM and Edgar Allan Poe NHS)
Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).
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.
For more information on how the NPS is working in Pennsylvania, go to http://www.nps.gov/pennsylvania.
A unit of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Independence NHP covers almost 54 acres in Philadelphia's Old City, and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. The park is open from 9:00 am daily with the exception of Christmas day. A visit to Independence National Historical Park should start at the Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th and Market Streets. Here, visitors can pick up a park brochure, park map, and the free, timed tickets required for Independence Hall. For more information visit the park's website, http://www.nps.gov/inde or follow us at http://www.twitter.com/independencenhp.