The National Park Service has reported that it estimates that 2.9 million people visited the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2022. Included in that report was an estimate that those visitors spent about $56 million in communities near the park.
“The impact of tourism to national parks is undeniable: bringing jobs and revenue to communities in every state in the country and making national parks an essential driver to the national economy,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams in the press release.
According to NPS economists: “The report shows $23.9 billion of direct spending by nearly 312 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 378,400 jobs nationally; 314,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $50.3 billion.”
“We welcome people from around the world and around the corner who come to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for recreation, renewal, or to learn something new.” said Lisa Petit, CVNP Superintendent. “We recognize that tourism is a critical driver to the local economy, bringing jobs and revenue to local communities. Every dollar that Congress invests in national parks returns more than ten dollars to the economy.” ∞