Before most of us moved to Cape Cod we visited our beautiful national park on every visit.
But after most folks relocate, they begin to act like "residents" everywhere else, and no longer visit local attractions.
However the National Park Service's Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) issued a report this month which may come as a wake-up call to most Cape Codders.
It lays out in detail the economic impact of this 43,607 acres (68.1 sq mi.) national park which was created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The CCNS includes nearly 40 miles of seashore along the Atlantic-facing eastern shore in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham.
Almost a quarter billion visitors so far
That spending supported approximately 2,170 jobs in the area.
Since the Cape Cod National Seashore was opened 222,467,754 people have visited it - that's just shy of a quarter billion visitors spending money here to support our local economy.
$10 back for every $1 spent on National Parks
Superintendent George Price says, "Cape Cod National Seashore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world. We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the seashore as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.
"National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the national park service - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."
The national impact of our parks
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. /Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&BS (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).
Visit this weekend
This weekend the temperate will be in the 50s and perfect for a visit, so, why don't you make it a point to visit the park, and bring your whole family.