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More than $90 million. That’s how much a new economic benefits study by The Trust for Public Land (TPL) found that the Huron-Clinton Metroparks generated in direct visitor spending as well as millions more in other economic, environmental and health benefits each year across the counties and communities served.

The TPL study is the first such study the organization has completed in Michigan and dramatically underscored the value of these public lands and outdoor recreation activities during times like the coronavirus pandemic that gripped the state, and the world, in 2020.

The report helps understand and quantify just how much these amenities, and access to them, benefit and matter to our communities and residents, now more than ever. We’re committed to doing everything we can to protect, preserve and enhance this regional treasure.

TPL researchers and economists found that the Metroparks provides seven categories of major economic benefit throughout Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. All were calculated using the most recent data and conservative methods available to ensure the most reliable report. These categories are:

  • Generating substantial recreational value
  • Enhancing property values
  • Boosting economic development
  • Providing healthcare cost savings
  • Attracting and retaining visitors/tourists and talent
  • Reducing stormwater management costs
  • Improving air quality
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