Making Connections: Building a healthy future for Mid-Atlantic Parks and gateway communities


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Investing in a Vibrant Economic Future in the Region at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

April 2015

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area lends economic vitality to a region that covers five counties—Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, and Monroe, Northampton, and Pike counties in Pennsylvania. As Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area begins its sixth decade as part of America’s National Park System, this Making Connections report assesses the national park’s economic benefits and its value to the broader region. It also identifies challenges and opportunities to sustain and enhance its significance.

New Report Highlights Economic Value and Quality of Life Benefits of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area -- NPCA Press Release, 4/22/2015


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Building a Healthy Future for Shenandoah National Park and its Gateway Communities

January 2010

This Making Connections report surveys important aspects of the interdependence between Shenandoah National Park and its neighbors, and offers insight into Shenandoah’s positive economic influence on surrounding communities. National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) intends Making Connections to be both a report and an invitation. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and the park all can benefit by getting more involved to value and connect more closely with what each contributes to the region.


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Linking Outdoor Recreation, Open Space & History at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Nearby Communities

November 2010

This Making Connections report offers insights into the links between open space, outdoor recreation, and history at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and nearby communities.  The report suggests opportunities for localities to leverage the national park in their midst by encouraging thoughtful development of recreational amenities, and discusses resulting benefits such as increased recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike, and positive economic benefits. National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) intends Making Connections to be both a report and an invitation. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and the park all can benefit by getting more involved to value and connect more closely with what each contributes to the region.


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Colonial National Historical Park Enhances Economic Vitality in Virginia’s Historic Triangle

September 2011

The third in our series, this Making Connections report demonstrates the pivotal role Colonial National Historical Park plays to enhance the economic base of the Historic Triangle in Virginia (Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg). Colonial National Historical Park serves not only as an important destination for visitors but as a connection between the public and private sites in the region that preserve and interpret America’s history. The report also identifies issues and opportunities that could affect the future of the park and the surrounding communities, including the negative impacts of coal-fired power plants and the positive addition of a proposed new national park at Fort Monroe.

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) intends Making Connections to be both a report and an invitation. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and the park all can benefit by getting more involved to value and connect more closely with what each contributes to the region.

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