Quintessential park has $14.5 million economic impact; role of diversity highlighted in its success
The survey also captured the park’s
role as an economic catalyst, with an estimated $14.5 million impact on the
local and state economy. While the park’s numbers swell during the weekend, local
visitors keep the park humming throughout the week, contributing to its
popularity and economic impact.
“Fahnestock is a convenient ‘one-stop
shop’ for outdoors adventure in the Hudson River Valley,” said Erik Kulleseid,
executive director of OSI’s Alliance program. “The investments being made in
Fahnestock by State Parks and its partners, such as those at beautiful Canopus Lake,
are paying dividends as more and more people grow to love this beautiful place
and develop a stake in its future.”
“This report truly shows that our state parks’ diverse
visitors are helping to bring economic benefits to local communities,” said
Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation. “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
his NY Parks 2020 plan, our state has made huge progress in supporting places
like Fahnestock so they can continue to give back to our community.”
The study, based on data derived from a
survey of over 450 visitors and conducted over 23 days from July through
September 2014, revealed that Fahnestock visitors contribute substantially to
the economy. Between stops en route to and from the park for food and beverage,
retail purchases and entertainment, Fahnestock’s total economic impact is
estimated at $14.5 million annually on the local and state economy.
The study also captured the positive role of diversity at
the park. Spanish-speaking visitors keep Fahnestock humming on weekends. On a
given week, about half of all parkgoers were children or teens under 18,
meaning Fahnestock especially appeals to active visitors.
The study also revealed that nearly
nine in ten respondents reported frequenting a specific, favorite area such as
Canopus Lake, the campgrounds or the trails. In an open-ended question, when
asked what they liked about the park, park-goers revealed their appreciation of
places like the lake or the park’s general scenic beauty.
Just an hour’s drive from Manhattan, Fahnestock
is an easy escape for visitors from New York City. Through the years, thanks to
OSI’s efforts in the area, the park has doubled in size since the early 1990s. Most
recently, OSI’s Alliance for New York State Parks program has raised $1.2
million in private funds and grants towards revitalizing Fahnestock’s Canopus
Lake visitor complex.