Fort Stevens State Park was the second-largest contributor to the $1.1 billion added to the state economy from all of its parks in 2016, according to an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department study.
Fort Stevens, with a $40.1 million contribution, is second to Silver Falls State Park southeast of Salem, which accounted for $58.4 million. State parks also supported 16,000 full and part-time jobs to support more than 54 million visitors.
Coastal parks saw the highest visitation levels and totaled roughly half of the total statewide spending.
“The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities,” state Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption said in a statement. “We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors’ experiences.”