America's State Park Systems


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    America's State Park Systems

    2019 Outlook and Analysis Letter

    PNAS Article

    Each year, we release a report presenting the ‘vital statistics’ that characterize the operation and use of the nation’s 50 state park systems. In the report, we detail historical trends relevant to state park system management. The Outlook and Analysis Letter illustrates annual values aggregated across the 50 state park systems between the years of 1984 and 2018 for each of the following measures:


    • Attendance;
    • Operating Expenditures;
    • Capital Expenditures;
    • Revenues;
    • Labor; and
    • Acreage.


    In addition to the historical trends, we also present projected values for each measure into the near future (2019, 2020, and 2021). These projections are provided to give state park managers a better understanding of how park usage and management are likely to change in the years to come.


    DOWNLOAD the report here


    Access previous years' reports and publications HERE.



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    This research is funded through contracts between the National Association of State Park Directors, NC State University, and the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University as well as a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1633756).