Report May 4, 2011

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Impact and Opportunity

The National Parks Conservation Association commissioned a study—conducted by the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio—to comprehensively examine the economic impact of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and ensure the adequate preservation, protection and interpretation of our nation’s largest collection of Spanish colonial resources.

The study was funded with assistance from Bexar County, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and Western National Parks Association. Using an input-output model, the economic assessment found that San Antonio’s historic missions provide a tremendous economic impact for surrounding communities.

The economic impact study is summarized in a public report: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Impact and Opportunity and finds that in 2009 for every federal dollar invested in the park $20 was generated in local economic activity. Additionally, by enacting or completing several key initiatives the park could more than double its economic impact by 2016 – creating jobs and increasing visitor spending. Not only would these initiatives provide an economic boost for south San Antonio, they would help complete the story and adequately preserve valuable historic resources at San Antonio Missions.