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Socio-Economic Tools - Recreation Demand

Recreation Demand Tools

Campers in front of a scenic mountain view Recreation Demand Analysis - A thorough understanding of residents' recreational behavior and demand for recreational activities is essential for evaluating the adequacy of existing recreational facilities and projecting future needs. This process is usually started with a survey to determine what recreation activiites residents participate in, how frequently, and what additonal recreation opportunities they would like. The participation rate represents the percentage of the population which has participated in a particular activity in the past year. The frequency rate represents the average number of times a year a respondent engaged in a given activity.

You will want to identify existing unsatisfied demand for recreation facilities as well as future demand. Future recreation demands are based upon future population projections, and participation and frequency rates previously identified. Participation and frequency rates are applied to the population projections to determine the number of occasions per year a particular activity is demanded. Dividing this figure by the standard facility capacity yields an estimate of the minimum number of facilities needed to satisfy future demand for recreational services demand. These demands can be compared to existing recreational facilities to get a good picture of the surplus or shortage of recreational facilities.


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