Our system of parks, trails and natural areas is marketed as part of the region’s overall quality of life and constitutes a strategic advantage in attracting new and expanded businesses. People and business interests alike value and invest in the system as an essential service that maintains clean water and air quality, preserves and restores habitat, manages storm water and provides environmental buffers.
These natural assets are valued as a core element of the region’s identity and are significant attractions for tourists interested in nature-based experiences and recreation within a metropolitan and regional context.
Elements of the system – natural areas, parks, trails and recreation resources – are strategically located in or near the region’s employment centers to revitalize neighborhoods and commercial areas, and to provide attractive settings for new residential, commercial and industrial development. They ultimately serve as catalysts for regional and economic development.
Outcome: Our region’s economy and tourist trades are strong.