The 2016 Trail User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis shows that the total economic impact of the trail is $91.9 million in Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County. Of that, $72 million is generated in Lackawanna County.
Trail usage has significantly increased since the last survey was conducted in 2009. There were approximately 315,000 visits to the trail last year, with an estimated 8,370 weekly trail visits. This marks a 145 percent increase in trail usage since 2009.
Urban Partners, a community and economic development consulting firm based in Philadelphia, prepared the analysis. Results were based on a survey of 770 trail users conducted by Lackawanna Heritage Valley over a 7-month period in 2016.
Click here to download the 2016 Trail User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis.
2009 Economic Impact Study on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail:
Click here to download the full 2009 report.
Click here to read the 2009 Executive Summary.
Click here to download the 2009 Fact Sheet.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) funds projects that fulfill its mission and goals. These projects stimulate the region’s economic development, enhance tourism initiatives, strengthen the capacity of community organizations and increase the quality of life for area residents. In 2016, Lackawanna Heritage Valley expended $1,127,840 in total funding for new and ongoing initiatives. Of this, LHV awarded $18,327 through 17 grants to partner organizations. LHV allocated $1,109,514 to support Heritage Area projects. Of this, $1,083,626 funded the planning, development, improvement and maintenance of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. The total cost for all projects, including matching funds by partners, was $1,503,437. To learn more about LHV and the projects it supports, please review our Community Update.
In 2016, LHV received funding from the National Park Service, as well as from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program, and the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Initiative. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provided funding for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail through the federal Transportation Enhancements Program. Additionally, LHV received support from the Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture, and other private sponsors.