Park and recreation programs provided by the City of Des Moines deliver services that have a range of benefits or values to residents, businesses, economy, and local government. Many of these benefits are often overlooked and rarely quantified. The purpose of this effort is to quantify the economic value received due to the operation of the City of Des Moines’ Parks and Recreation Department. These values are arranged to reflect factors that produce revenue for the city government, wealth increasing factors for citizens and businesses, cost saving factors to citizens, and cost saving factors for the city government.
Included in this summary are tax revenues, park proximity and tourism profit, direct use, health, and community cohesion values, as well as city government savings inclusive of storm water management and floodplain replacement values.
School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services
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Fleming, Kristine; Grybovych, Oksana; Gedlinske, Brian; Kooiman, Wade P.; Lankford, Jill; and Lankford, Sam, "The Economic Impact of Des Moines Parks & Recreation Services" (2013). Other Faculty and Staff Publications. 6.