The Park and Play article Spencer mentioned is the May 2002 issue. Rico emailed me a copy of it a few weeks ago, I can pass it along to you (email me at email@example.com
Ben - look back at the other whitewater park thread you started a few weeks ago. In that thread Caspian and I discuss the economic impact study at Golden. I'd suggest if you're going to use the numbers in the report, that you actually read the report (linked from REP's website www.wwparks.com
) . It is kindof a thick jargon-filled read, but the point is that Golden does not "make" 1.4 million dollars a year, instead, there is an estimated 1.4 - 2.0 million economic "benefit" from the park. This includes the value of the time that boaters spend at the park, in addition to more concrete items like hotel rooms, entry fees, and dinner at Woody's. So if "economic benefit" sounds fuzzy, it is because it kindof is to a non-economist. I would avoid saying that "the park in Golden brings in a specific number of dollars", though, because that information is not obvious, since the people doing that report didn't specify whether travel costs were incurred in Golden or Denver or Boulder, for example.
Still, the report is worth citing, as community govts are interested in that kind of thing.