BAR HARBOR, Maine — A new study from the National Park Service shows visitors to eastern Maine’s Acadia National Park spent nearly $200 million in the park and surrounding towns in 2010.
The new report examined the economic benefits that the nation’s 395 national parks brought to their communities during the year.
For Acadia National Park, the 2.5 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $186 million in the park and surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island.
Of that total, more than $183 million came from people who did not live locally, resulting in nearly 3,150 local jobs. On top of that, the report says Acadia National Park employees and affiliated jobs from the park’s payroll accounted for another 190 jobs.
Nationwide, according to the report, visitors to the National Park System contributed more than $31 billion to local economies and supported 258,000 jobs in 2010, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.