Parks and Recreation Benefits Everyone

NDRPA believes public investment in parks and recreation is necessary to achieve positive economic, health, environmental and social/community benefits for all North Dakotans. Parks and recreation are essential public services and a valuable part of community infrastructure.

Economic Contribution

The total annual economic contribution for city park districts and state parks in North Dakota is estimated at more than $802 million.


Learn more:
• News Release

• Summary Results Flyer
• Statewide Economic Contribution Report
• Localized Effects Report




Parks, open space, trails, greenways, water, recreation facilities, programs and services provide documented benefits: economic, health, environmental and social/community.


  • Attracts businesses and workforce
  • Creates employment opportunities
  • Attracts visitors
  • Increases property values 


  • Purifies the air and water
  • Manages stormwater
  • Provides habitat for animals, fish and birds
  • Connects children and adults with nature


  • Improves physical, mental and social wellbeing
  • Reduces health care costs
  • Provides alternative and active transportation opportunities


  • Creates community image and sense of place
  • Increases social connections and learning
  • Offers safe, affordable and accessible spaces


Legislative Platform

NDRPA advocates for public policies that advance its mission. Download our 2023 Legislative Platform.