Balancing Preservation and Recreation: The acceptance of user fees in Maricopa County Regional Parks

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Balancing Preservation and Recreation: The acceptance of user fees in Maricopa County Regional Parks Balancing Preservation and Recreation: The acceptance of user fees in Maricopa County Regional Parks Park managers are often tasked with balancing conservation and visitor recreational experiences at the areas they serve. User fees have been proven to be an effective management tool in limiting the social and environmental impacts of over use at protected areas, user fees. However, utilizing user fees to help lessen impacts of overuse in natural recreation areas has also been met with great opposition. Based off of previous insights on visitor attitudes towards fees, this study will explore the relationships between willingness to pay (WTP), perceptions of fairness concerning fees, level of place attachment to the parks and visitor attitudes towards user fees. This study will target visitors recreating at Maricopa County Parks through the use of a self-administered exit survey. Based on previous literature, we expect a positive causal relationship between place dependence, perception of fee fairness, WTP, and acceptance of user fees. Additionally, place identity is expected to have a negative causal relationship with perception of fee fairness and WTP. Understanding how these concepts relate to each other will provide an insight into visitors level of acceptance of fees in the Maricopa County Regional Parks. Such information will provide vital information for park managers in making critical decisions about the future of fee programs in parks throughout the state.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/30/149/30/15

Funding

  • Central Arizona Conservation Alliance : $4,810.00

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