The Economic Benefits of the Park & Recreation System in San José, California

San José, northern California’s largest city and home to many of Silicon Valley’s largest employers, has a large natural and developed park system that provides beauty, recreational opportunities, access to nature, and positive environmental impacts to residents, workers, and tourists alike.

Parks, trails, and community centers enhance property values, provide recreational opportunities, improve human health, attract visitors, and provide natural goods and services such as filtering air pollutants and managing stormwater. The developing trail network also facilitates active transportation with daily bike commuters traveling to and from some of Silicon Valley’s largest employers. These recreational assets support local jobs, boost spending at local businesses, and create local tax revenue.