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Facts and Thoughts - Recreation

Ohio Greenway's Facts and Thoughts database is a collection of greenway tidbits that support greenway development.  This potpourri of greenway particulars was the product of the work of George M. Pomeroy, a doctoral student of Urban Studies at the University of Akron.

Snippet: Residents are most likely to name some aspect of Ohio's scenery, landscape, or environment when asked if a particular place or thing characterizes the state. In this category, Lake Erie and the Ohio River are often mention by Ohioans.
Source: The Ohio Poll
Year: 1997
Full Citation: "The Ohio Poll - Project Report for Ohio Bicentennial Commission" Alfred Tuchfarber and Eric Rademacher. Inst. For Policy Research, Univ. of Cincinnati. April 1997

Snippet: When asked what they like most about Ohio, residents most frequently (21%) cite some aspect of the state's scenery, landscape, or environment such as its "beauty", its rolling hills, farmlands or countryside.
Source: The Ohio Poll
Year: 1997
Full Citation: The Ohio Poll - Project Report for Ohio Bicentennial Commission" Alfred Tuchfarber and Eric Rademacher. Inst. For Policy Research, Univ. of Cincinnati. April 1997

Snippet: Grassroots efforts to save and convert rail-trails across Ohio have already resulted in 30 trails strectching 200 miles, and more than forty additional conversion projects are under way. Ohio leads the nation in rail-trails…
Source: Biking Ohio's Rail Trails
Year: 1996
Full Citation: BIKING OHIO'S RAIL-TRAILS by Shawn E. Richardson. Cambridge, MA: Adventure Publications.

Snippet: As reported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 30% of the total national wildlife-related recreation expenditures ($18.1 billion in 1991) was related to wildlife viewing and photography.
Source: Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors
Year: 1995
Full Citation: US Fish and Wildlife Service (1993) "National Survey of Fishing , Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation" Washington, DC: US Dept. of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.

Snippet: A poll commissioned by the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors found that natural beauty was the single most important criterion for tourists in selecting a site for outdoor recreation.
Source: Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors
Year: 1995
Full Citation: SCENIC AMERICA (1987) "Fact Sheet: Sign Control and Economic Development" SIGN CONTROL NEWS

Snippet: A $600,000 greenways network and streamways park system developed in Johnson County, Kansas was one alternative to spending $120 million on stormwater control projects. A valuable recreation resource was also provided.
Source: Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors
Year: 1995
Full Citation: no citation

Snippet: In a Maryland poll over 90% of the 700 people surveyed agreed that conserving land for public parks, recreation and water quality is a good use of public funds; state and local officials should do more to preserve natural resources and open space.
Source: Common Ground 8(4)
Year: 1997
Full Citation: COMMON GROUND (1997) "Maryland Poll Helps Electorate Say What it Wants" (8)4. May / June.

Snippet: Participation levels in various outdoors recreation activities has increased in recent years. Participation levels in canoeing, backpacking and tent camping, bicycling, and beach activities increased, as in a number of other activities.
Source: SCORP
Year: 1993
Full Citation: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1993) 1993 OHIO STATEWIDE COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN.

Snippet: A 1995 USDA Forest Service report estimated that 13 million Americans canoe, 58 million fish and 54 million camp. The fastest growing activities are hiking, backpacking, and primitive site camping.
Source: The Economic Value of Open Space: A Review and Synthesis.
Year: 1995
Full Citation: USDA Forest Service (1995) "National Survey on Recreation and the Environment: 1994-95 Key Findings" Washington DC: USDA Forest Service.

Snippet: According to the California Office of Economic Research, campers spent over $2 billion in California in 1990.
Source: FROM THE AMERICAN GREENWAYS PROGRAM flyer
Year: 0
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Snippet: In 1986 alone, 30 million fishermen in the US spent $301 million on licenses and US hunters spent $322 million on licenses.
Source: FROM THE AMERICAN GREENWAYS PROGRAM flyer
Year: 0
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Snippet: According to a 1994 Roper Survey on Outdoor Recreation, fishing is the "favorite" recreational activity among men (19%). In 1991 anglers spend $24 billion or an average of $674 each.
Source: FROM THE AMERICAN GREENWAYS PROGRAM flyer
Year: 0
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Snippet: Americans spend $18 billion a year to wathc wildlife, triple what they spend on movies or sporting events. Birdwatchers alone spend $5.2 billion a year according to studies by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Source: FROM THE AMERICAN GREENWAYS PROGRAM flyer
Year: 0
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Snippet: In a survey of Lake Erie private boat sport anglers, it was found that mean expenditure per angling day in 1987 was $25.69. The willingness to pay in order to angle rather than to go without is over $75 per person per day.
Source: Ohio Sea Grant
Year: 1990
Full Citation: Hushak, Leroy J. and Huei-Yann Jeng (1990) "Ohio's Lake Erie Private Boat Sport Anglers - A 1987 Resurvey" Ohio Sea Grant College Program, The Ohio State University.

Snippet: Anglers spent about $4.5 million on angling in Lake Erie from Lorain County. ($84/trip * 20 trips * 2700 anglers).
Source: Ohio Sea Grant
Year: 1990
Full Citation: Hushak, Leroy J. and Huei-Yann Jeng (1990) "Ohio's Lake Erie Private Boat Sport Anglers - A 1987 Resurvey" Ohio Sea Grant College Program, The Ohio State University.

Snippet: Hunting on public lands in Ohio generates $54.1 in retail sales, contributing $34.4 million in salaries and wages and 1,700 jobs annually to Ohio's economy. Hunting also provides benefits to the state government by generating $3 million in tax revenues.
Source: Economic Impacts of Fish and Wildlife Associated Recreation
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Southwick Associates (1997) "The Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife-Associated Recreation on Public Lands in Ohio" Research Paper.

Snippet: Pond and lake fishing generates $305.9 million in retail sales, $203.9 in salaries and wages, and 10,400 jobs annually.
Source: Economic Impacts of Fish and Wildlife Associated Recreation
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Southwick Associates (1997) "The Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife-Associated Recreation on Public Lands in Ohio" Research Paper.

Snippet: Non-consumptive activities on public lands in Ohio generates $50.2 million in retail sales, $35.5 million in salaries and wages, 2,000 jobs; as well as $3.7 million in tax revenues.
Source: Economic Impacts of Fish and Wildlife Associated Recreation
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Southwick Associates (1997) "The Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife-Associated Recreation on Public Lands in Ohio" Research Paper.

Snippet: Stream and river fishing genrates $71.1 million in retail sales, $47.2 million in salaries and wages, and 2400 jobs annually.
Source: Economic Impacts of Fish and Wildlife Associated Recreation
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Southwick Associates (1997) "The Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife-Associated Recreation on Public Lands in Ohio" Research Paper.

Snippet: Hunting, fishing, and non-consumptive activities in Ohio generate approx. $38.4 in federal income tax revenues and $33.3 million in state income and sales tax revenues.
Source: Economic Impacts of Fish and Wildlife Associated Recreation
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Southwick Associates (1997) "The Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife-Associated Recreation on Public Lands in Ohio" Research Paper.

Snippet: Xenia Station, in Xenia, Ohio is a hub for a five trail complex. It is expected that more than 1,000,000 people are expected to use the hub annually upon its completion.
Source: 25 of America's Best Enhancement Projects
Year: 1996
Full Citation: National Transportation Enhancements Conference (1996) "25 of America's Best Enhancement Projects". Prepared by Suzanne Mackay and Frank Vespe, Scenic America.

 

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