A new report shows the positive financial impact that Oregon’s state parks have on the state’s economy.
According to KEZI, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) says that $1.1 billion was added to the state’s economy in 2016 because of park activity. Officials also found that parks supported 16,000 full-time jobs across the state, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.
The report measured how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. OPRD’s analysis of the report found that for every dollar invested into the parks system, $30.50 was generated in related economic activity.
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