In 2008, the Minnesota Recreational Trail Users Association (MRTUA) embarked on an ambitious project to simultaneously identify both the expenditures and profiles of the various trails user groups they represent.
The 2014 Special Report on Fishing provides a comprehensive look at overall trends in fishing participation — including motivations, barriers and preferences of key groups — and detailed information and analysis on specific fishing categories.
To create better facilities for people walking and biking, and to locate these facilities where demand and need is the highest, transportation professionals need reliable data to guide decision-making. Historically, collecting active transportation data has been both time and resource intensive. Although many communities have established robust count programs, there are still funding, quality control, and data management limitations. New technologies are emerging that aim to change the way active transportation data is collected, making it less expensive and easier to collect, resulting in more reliable data. This report provides a review of these technologies and their applications.
Contributions of Minnesota State Park Visitor Trip-Related Expenditures to State and Regional Economies in 2012
This study focuses on park visitor spending and its economic contributions to state and regional economies in the state.
This report focuses on gaining insight into the kinds of outdoor initiatives that are most
important to individuals who spend a lot of time outdoors and give direction to future learning exercises.
The fifth annual Special Report on Paddlesports shows that paddlesports are on the rise, again setting a record for the number of participants. In 2014, 21.7 million Americans — 7.4 percent of the population — enjoyed paddling. This represents an increase of more
than 3 million participants since the study began in 2010.
To better understand and address disproportionate or inequitable park use, Metropolitan Council staff conducted a qualitative research project to identify barriers to regional park visitation among communities of color. Specifically, the study sought to explore: a) preferred outdoor recreational activities and desired amenities, b) perceived barriers that prevent use of the system, c) issues or concerns about regional parks and d) recommendations and suggestions to increase and enhance park visits.
Three research studies were conducted in 2007 to provide a better understanding of
current and prospective visitors to Minnesota State Parks, and to inform marketing,
planning, facility development, and park operations.
Camping is often to defined as temporarily living outdoors, but to the millions of people that love it, camping amounts to much more — reconnecting with nature, escaping the grind, spending time with family and friends. Indeed, camping is part of the American tradition.
Research continues to underscore the importance in reaching Americans at an early age to instill a lifelong love of camping and inspire a healthy, active lifestyle. Among current camping participants, 85 percent took their first trip between birth and age 15. After age 15, the chances of being introduced to camping were slim.
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