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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.

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