In early conversations with stakeholders, the Center for Rural Engagement found that the development and capitalization of parks, recreation, and tourism assets was a priority for communities in Southwest Central Indiana. Given the positive impact that parks, recreation, and tourism resources have on regional health, the economy, and quality of life, the Center for Rural Engagement partnered with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands to better understand the assets in the 11-county Indiana Uplands region. The goal of the study was to develop a comprehensive inventory of the availability of public, non-profit, and private conservation or recreation areas and resources, recreation and tourism facilities, and recreation programs in 11 Indiana counties (Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington). Through an understanding of these resources and the public’s access to them, the Eppley Institute was able to identify gaps and make recommendations for improvement to assist communities with economic sustainability, health, and quality of life.
Outcomes or Deliverables
• An understanding of the availability of public, non-profit, and private conservation or recreation areas and resources, recreation-related facilities, and recreation programs and their spatial distribution in the 11 counties.
• A visual understanding of the built environment related to parks, recreation, and protected areas in the 11 counties.
• Identification and understanding of the gaps in the availability of park and recreation resources in the 11 counties and recommendations for improvement.
Director for Strategic Partnerships
Center for Rural Engagement
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