Study: DNREC parks generate $53 million in state and local taxes

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Delaware Governor John Carney released an economic impact study touting the state’s parks as a driving economic force in the First State. According to the study, about 40% of state park visitors travel to Delaware specifically for the parks, with all visitors generating about $53 million in state and local taxes while doing so.

Delaware Seashore State Park making the most revenue last year, at $173 million, followed by Cape Henlopen State park at $128 million. Lums Pond, Trap Pond, and Killens Pond State Parks brought in between $4-7 million each. Governor Carney says the study shows the tremendous impact State Parks have on Delaware’s bottom line; the study estimates without the parks, Delaware households would have to pay an extra $151 in state and local taxes.