Denver Park Value Report

A new study of the park system of Denver shows that the city's parks generate considerable economic value—both to the local government and to Denver residents.

According to the detailed analysis by the Center for City Park Excellence, Denver's parks deliver annual revenue of $7.1 million for the city, municipal savings of $3.6 million, resident savings of $517 million and a collective increase of resident wealth of $48.7 million.

These different economic values stem from seven different measurable factors provided by the parks—clean air, clean water, tourism, direct use, health, property value, and community cohesion.

The report, commissioned by The Parks People, the Greenway Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the city and county of Denver, is the fifth in a series of such studies. Previous cities analyzed include Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego and Wilmington, Delaware.