Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today released a new study showing that visitors to Pennsylvania's 120 state parks, two of which are in Chester County, generated more than $1 billion in economic activity in nearby communities and supported almost 13,000 jobs.
"Pennsylvanians get a great return on the investment they make in state parks. The report shows for every dollar invested, more than $12 is returned to Pennsylvania's economy," Allan said in a news release. "Connecting communities to our natural resources through their state parks generates significant local economic activity and helps build sustainable local economies."
The analysis, conducted by Penn State University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, was based on data from 2010, when state parks hosted about 38 million visitors. Chester County’s two state parks — French Creek and Marsh Creek — supported 200 and 151 jobs respectively, the study said. Visitors to French Creek were classified as high-spending while Marsh Creek visitors fell into the average-spending category. To see the full report, go to http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/thingstoknow/economicimpact/index.htm.