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Oregon state parks added $1.1 billion to economy in 2016

Fort Stevens had second-largest economic output of all parks
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 13, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 13, 2017 10:11AM

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.

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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.

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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.”



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