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Benefits of Parks

Environmental Benefits

Alberta's parks protect over 27,000 square kilometres of representative and special landscapes. These spaces protect biodiversity and provide habitat for common, vulnerable and endangered species. They protect many features and provide ecosystem services that benefit all living organisms.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services to society's health, social, cultural and economic needs. Humans benefit from many resources and processes that are supplied by natural ecosystems - collectively known as ecosystem services. Ecosystem services include both products (like clean drinking water and recreation opportunities) and processes (like waste decomposition).

Social Benefits

People come to parks to enjoy the great outdoors - to connect with friends, family and the natural world. The 2008 Alberta Recreation Survey found that 89% of Albertans believe parks and recreation facilities and services improve quality of life.

The social benefits of parks are  more difficult to measure than the economic and environmental benefits; however, they are just as important. Social benefits include things with both use and non-use values like

Economic Benefits

Alberta's parks bring millions of visitors to rural communities each year. This creates jobs and supports economic development both directly and indirectly across the province. Direct benefits to local communities from employment, operations and tourism can be measured.

Updated: Sep 6, 2017