Cleveland Metroparks report awards and economic benefits

September 18, 2018

Cleveland Metroparks report awards and economic benefits

CLEVELAND, Ohio—The Cleveland Metroparks announced three national awards Tuesday plus research results estimating the parks’ economic impact last year at $873 million.

The nonprofit Trust for Public Land based the estimate on the parks’ providing recreational opportunities, boosting property values, reducing runoff and pollution, improving residents’ fitness, drawing tourists, and encouraging environmentally friendly commutes.

“This study is an important illustration that the work we’re doing continues to bring value to the region,” Brian Zimmerman, the Metroparks’ chief executive officer, said before Tuesday’s meeting of parks commissioners.

The parks’ estimated impact was more than seven times their revenues of $121 million. A similar study five years ago found a yearly impact of $855 million.

The Gund Foundation covered the new study’s $37,000 cost.

The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials recently honored the Metroparks three ways. The group named Zimmerman professional fellow of the year. It honored the Metroparks’ popular Edgewater Beach House as one of the best new facilities. It honored Acacia Reservation, a former golf course, as one of the best conservation projects.

The group also honored the late Congressman Ralph Regula of Stark County as one of the nation’s best public officials. Regula helped create the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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