Press Release courtesy of Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
Originally appeared February 2, 2016
According to a study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association, regional parks and open space districts generated nearly $140 Billion in economic activity and supported 1 Million jobs nationwide in 2013. In California alone, parks and open space accounted for over $17 Million in economic activity and supported over 126,000 jobs.
Here on the Monterey Peninsula, the economic impact of regional parks and open space is clear. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District is proud to preserve and protect some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Our pristine beaches and world-famous views are clear drivers of local tourism, generating economic revenue for local business.
“Tourism is the backbone of our local economy,” says Jody Hansen, President and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. “It’s no surprise that the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula attracts visitors from around the world. When tourists come to visit our region, they eat at our restaurants, shop in our stores and stay in our hotels, bringing revenue to our communities and protecting thousands of local jobs.”
Preserving our region’s natural beauty goes hand in hand with protecting our local economy.
To read the full study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association, visit