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Tuesday, April 24 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
A Travel Cost Analysis Of A Kids In Parks TRACK Trail

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There are a plethora of hiking trails spread throughout the nation with unique features, however, TRACK Trails are unique. TRACK Trails specially enhanced trail which offers an easy difficulty level with a family friendly approach and self-guided materials designed to make the experience more enriching and educational. These trails came about after the creation of the Kids in Parks program in 2008 and are a direct result of their efforts to improve the health of children and the health of our nation’s parks. TRACK Trails are unique in that there has not been a large number of studies conducted on them compared to other public trails. This research estimates the recreational value associated with a TRACK Trail, as well as the potential economic impact consumers of a trail may have on a region. In order to determine the value of a TRACK Trail, revealed preference theory and the travel cost method will be used to determine a consumer’s desire for the trail by treating their travel costs as an entrance fee. TRACK Trails have construction costs as well as a small yearly fee associated with their maintenance and this research will determine whether or not the value of a trail exceeds its initial cost. This information would be important for areas considering whether or not installing one of these specially enhanced trails is beneficial to their community.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm PDT
035 Karpen Hall