The Surprising Impact of Outdoor Recreation on the West Valley
When considering the benefits of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Skyline Regional Park, we automatically think of the opportunities for enjoyment including physical activity, health and well-being, and the beauty of nature that surrounds us when we are outdoors.
These are very important reasons to conserve our public lands and to advocate for our open spaces. However, the mountains and their parks play another very critical role in the welfare of West Valley residents—they are an economic powerhouse supporting tourism, business growth, and employment.
The Outdoor Industry Association located in Boulder, Colorado, provides research and statistics about the huge impact our public lands have on the state of Arizona. For more information, access the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Economy Report.
If the previous article aroused your curiosity, you might also be interested in learning how much is spent on recreation in the 4thCongressional District, how many outdoor companies are located in our area, and the most popular sports among our residents!