According to New Study, Delaware State Parks contributing Big to the States Economy
Updated: Feb 13, 2018 9:06 PM
By A.J Clemente
(Bethany Beach, Del.) - Governor John Carney announced the results of the first-ever economic impact study of Delaware's state parks system.
According to the independent study from Rockport Analytics, the 16 Delaware state Parks contributed close to $400-million on various goods and services in the state for the fiscal year 2016.
"You know everybody is always thought for the longest time that the state park really generates tourism dollars and economic impact for the state. so now we have facts and hard figures," said the acting director, Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism Linda Parkowski.
The study also found that the parks created over 6,500 jobs across Delaware. The state park campgrounds alone contributed nearly 82 percent of that 400 million.
"Well in this difficult economic times, it's important to see that our natural resources are such a generator for economic support for our state." Said, Senator Ernie Lopez.
Over 4 million visits were made to a Delaware State Park. Private Public partnerships with the State have helped the revenue grow even bigger.
"We kind of think of our selves as an amenity to whats already there and how can people in the public the guest use the state park to as an opportunity to enjoy it." Said La Vida Hospitality Manager Josh Grapski. He adds,"Something like a tower lighting is more than just lighting up something from the past. To me, it is more of a symbol of the parks and what can come in the future."
The announcement was set to the backdrop of Tower 3 lighting up the sky. The Inlet Bridge and the Tower will now be in conjunction when the lights are turn on each night.
DNREC' hopes the success continues so they a reinvest into Delaware.
"The economy in Delaware is important and we found that we bring a lot of people in from out of state to come to our parks and our recreation areas which allows out to invest more and provide a greater opportunity for us and people to visit." Says DNREC's Shawn Garvin.