WHITMAN MISSION NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IDENTIFIED AS MACY'S "HEART YOUR PARK" FUNDRAISING PROGRAM RECIPIENT
March 4, 2014
Whitman Mission National Historic Site has been selected for Macy's "Heart Your Park," a program that aims to raise awareness and dollars for parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy's in Walla Walla can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Whitman Mission National Historic Site. To furtherspread the love, Macy's will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefitfrom Macy's "Heart Your Park" this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy's stores across the country have each selected a local parkor green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
"We are thrilled to partner with Macy's and NRPA for 'Heart Your Park' this spring," said park superintendent, Timothy Nitz. "This program will bring increased awareness of the park and the donations by Macy's customers will provide additional funding we can apply to visitor services. This local site is a great asset to the nation, and we are honored by Macy's support."
Whitman Mission is located 7 miles west of Walla Walla off Highway 12. The National Historic Site is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 to 4:30 and the visitor center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 to 4:00. National Park Rangers are available to assist visitors as they watch the park's introductory video, tour the museum exhibits or mission grounds, or attend a ranger-led presentation. Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761, visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi/, or following us on Facebook.
Building on an over 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy's Foundation, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy's "Heart Your Park," visit macys.com/parks.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site Tourism Creates $3,270,900 in Economic Benefit
March 3, 2014
A new National Park Service (NPS) Economic Impacts Report shows that 60,785 visitors to Whitman Mission National Historic Site in 2012 spent over three and a quarter million dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported 42 jobs in the local area.
"Whitman Mission National Historic Site staff remain committed to protecting the resources and sharing the history of this place," says park superintendent, Timothy Nitz. "National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a relevant part of the local economy as well. We appreciate the support of our partners and neighbors and are glad that these efforts have the added benefit of helping to sustain local communities."
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and amusement and recreation venues (20 percent).
To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Did You Know?
The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.