Economic Benefits of Trails

Dr. Crompton delivered a powerfully persuasive presentation on the benefits of trails to a community’s economic growth to a room filled with trail activists, advocates, enthusiasts, and users at the October 26 Washington State Trails Coalition Community Forum. Dr. Crompton very graciously and generously provided access to his presentation.

Dr. John Crompton – Economic Contributions of Trails

Video – Economic Benefits of Trails Conference

Trails Vision Wordle

2012 Trail Forum Table Discussion Notes

John Crompton, Texas A&M University professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Services is renowned for his research on economic benefits of parks, trails and open spaces.  During his keynote presentation, The Economic Benefits of Trails, Dr. Crompton will provide a national context for the benefits of active transportation.

The evening will begin with a brief social time, book signing by Mike Houck, editor of “Wild in the City”, and photo montage of statewide trails and greenways.

Guests will also enjoy a locally produced video, Intertwining, featuring rural, urban, water, equestrian, motorized, pedestrian, and bike trails throughout the Portland Metro area.

After Dr. John Crompton’s keynote presentation guests will be asked to stay and collaborate during a roundtable discussion regarding the impact of trails in their communities.

The community forum will engage a variety of trail users and stakeholders in the issues, trends and opportunities surrounding the development and programming of trails in local communities.

Washington State Trails Coalition Conference: Registration for the Trails Conference is a great value and includes admission to the Community Forum and Dinner. More information about the Trails Conference is available online at

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