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Old 04-15-2004   #1
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Information on how Whitewater Parks affect local economies?

I am trying to write an analysis of how Whitewater Parks affect the local economies, except it is hard to find information/ data on this specific topic. Does anyone know where to get data/information on this topic? I am wrtiting this paper for my senior seminar course in economics. Any infor would be of great help. Articles/books anything. Im really only interested in the economic side of this. Thanks a lot.

I have reviewed the Gary Lacy website

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Old 04-16-2004   #2
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I don't know where you wil find your information but you may try someone at the City of Golden. They state that the WW park in Golden has added 14 Million annually to their economy. I read that in the paper I think last year. 14 Million out of a bunch of smelly kayakers? That's a lot of Woody's pizza and gasoline purchases.
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Old 04-16-2004   #3
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Do a topic search for this topic:
10 reasons to build a whitewater park? started by Jiberish

This thread should give you some info. There's not much info directly on Gary Lacy's website, but it links to the economic study done for Golden. If you can get through that study and understand all their methods (how they define "value") you'll have some info for a paper. Golden's is the only study I know that has been done. Perhaps you could try to do your own on another park using their methods or something...
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Old 04-16-2004   #4
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Golden, Breck and Vail all did economic impact reports. Goldens is the best go to our site for a link to that report.
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Old 04-18-2004   #5
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There was an article in the Longmont Times call that Longmont is in the process of getting water rights for a park. I would hope being a taxpayer that they have done an economic assesment. They stated that the park could cost up to $390k. I spent the morning hiking along hte stretch of river where they are putting it. From that I wonder if they have to do an environmental impact as well. The park is going into swampland where a group of deer live. I wonder if for the 3-5 weeks of water that they will get anually if it if worth wrecking this nice wildlife habitat surounded by out of control suburban sprawl. I don't mind driving to lyons and letting the deer keep their swamp. Off topic here, but do people really think that every town needs their own white water park?
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Old 04-20-2004   #6
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Contact Ian Anderson: [email protected]

He has done a lot of the stuff for the Vail whitewater park for the Vail Tourism Bureau, and has been involved with lobbying for recreational water rights.
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Old 04-21-2004   #7
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I am all for creating as many WW parks as possible. If the water is there, we should be able to play in it. In Durango the Animas could be worked on so that all five miles of the town run could be worth paddleing. What a concept.

On a different note does anyone know the adjustments made to Animas this year? We have talked about the adjustment to Smelter and how the rock shifted but I don't remember the Corner Pocket being this good at 1000 cfs. Did they change the Corner Pocket? Santa Rita also looks like it has been adjusted; NOT for the better. Did these features get adjust by man over the winter or am I imagining things?

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