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The mission  of the Big Tent  is to promote sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive outdoor experiences in Washington state through advocacy and education.

#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches. [ LEARN MORE ]



We Represent Outdoor Recreation

Chivan Lim
/ Categories: General Interest

ORR Released New Recreation Funding Report

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) released a groundbreaking report, "Recreation Funding in America: Current Results and Future Insights.” This comprehensive study, conducted by Southwick Associates, Inc. on behalf of ORR, aggregated and analyzed current federal funding streams for outdoor recreation and identified potential future threats to these funding sources. These threats include changing energy demands, evolving participation, inflation, weather events and climate change, and stagnant appropriation trends.

A notable statistic from the report is that outdoor recreation contributes 2.2% to the U.S. GDP, yet only receives 0.16% of federal funding—a nearly 14x difference in scale.

The report underscored the urgent need for innovative solutions to secure sustainable funding for the $1.1 trillion recreation economy, which millions of Americans and communities depend on. ORR and experts discussed the report in a 30-minute webinar held today at 11 AM EDT.

Read the key takeaways here: https://recreationroundtable.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/ORR030_RecFunding_Jun24_Rd2.pdf


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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

View the 2020 Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State for details