Visitor numbers on the rise in Regional ParksVisitor numbers on the rise in Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass90A19FF60B9149B4A8E8605C5396FD9C"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks continue to be a huge draw, with 11.9 million visits in 2017 – up seven percent from a year earlier.</p><p>Metro Vancouver monitors the use of the regional parks system through data collected by staff and entrance counters. The data help staff understand participation in regional parks, demand for programs and program performance. In June, staff released the <em>2017 Regional Parks Visitors, Visitor Services & Volunteers Report</em> which summarizes the data for the year that also marked 50 years of regional parks.</p><p>The data found average long-term park visitation continues to grow at 3.9 percent, more than double the region’s 1.5 percent annual population growth rate. Programs and attendance were also up in 2017, with Regional Parks staff delivering 1,093 visitor services programs (an 8% increase from 2016) to 65,881 attendees (a 14% increase from 2016).</p><p>Volunteers donated over 29,000 hours last year to regional parks, an increase of 11% over 2016.</p><p>For more information, the <em>2017 Regional Parks Visitors, Visitor Services & Volunteers Report</em> is available <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2017RegionalParksVisitorsVisitorServicesandVolunteersReport.pdf" target="_blank">online</a>. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue45-parkvolunteers.jpg2018-07-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#76d09df2-5a56-4714-9d4a-56a599fd2fd4;L0|#076d09df2-5a56-4714-9d4a-56a599fd2fd4|Issue 45;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassC0A67F846AF84C198898BEC9FB774970"><p>​Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks continue to be a huge draw, with 11.9 million visits in 2017 – up seven percent from a year earlier. Programs and attendance were also up in 2017, while volunteers donated more 29,000 hours last year.</p></div>0