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WHY PARKS AND OPEN SPACE MATTER:
THE ECONOMICS OF ARIZONA'S NATURAL ASSETS

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Arizonans value their parks and open space, ranking them as key quality of life indicators. In addition, parks and open spaces create jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue.  

Multiple land ownerships and funding mechanisms produce parks and open space issues that are complex, confusing and sometimes controversial. Meanwhile, a depressed economy and recession has impacted parks negatively at every jurisdictional level from federal and state to county and municipal governments. 

Arizona Forward has developed a parks and open space primer to provide unbiased facts, background information and answers to frequently asked questions on this important topic.

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48 Years of Environmental Stewardship

Arizona Forward was founded as Valley Forward in 1969, one year before the first Earth Day. We expanded statewide in 2013.  

We mobilize business leaders and policymakers to leverage their collective power to influence how we best grow our communities, stimulate our economy and enhance our environment.

Our diverse membership of large corporations and small businesses, along with municipal, county and state agencies, educational institutions, related nonprofits and concerned citizens help ensure: smart growth and development, efficient transportation, improved air quality, responsible water management, energy alternatives and meaningful education.

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