Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Conference of Park Officials Helps Economy

Sun Gazette Newspaper
Park Officials Use Fairfax for National Conference

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 7:13 am

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority hosted the 40th annual Special Parks District Forum from Sept. 25-28, an event that brought nearly 120 parks officials from the U.S. and Canada to visit the local area.

Participants toured Mount Vernon, Manassas Battlefield, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Pohick Bay and other local facilities as part of their trip.

The forum included topics “like how best to connect children and nature, the latest in environmental land management and exciting new trends in creating recreational experiences that are drawing more of the public than ever before to our parks,” said Paul Gilbert, executive director of the regional park authority.

The event generated an estimated $348,300 for the local economy, according to an analysis by Visit Fairfax.

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