State Parks and Their Gateway Communities: Development and Recreation Planning Issues in Wisconsin

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Author(s) Dave Marcouiller, Eric Olson, Jeff Prey.

The overall goal of this project was to clearly identify the role of state parks and trails in community development throughout Wisconsin. Important differences exist in how recreational sites and rural communities are viewed by tourists, residents, and tourism-sensitive businesses.

"Gateway" communities are defined as such because they are near publicly owned natural areas that attract visitors who pass through to reach their destination. Increasingly, people who visit an areas as tourists return as either part-time or year-round residents. One significant challenge associated with these choices is the protection of that which makes an area attractive in the first place (68 pages; 2002).