[The study finds]:
- Opportunities for physical activity in open spaces can decrease both health care costs and productivity losses, leading to more than $3 million in savings annually.
- The high cost of natural disaster recoveries, not to mention the loss of human life, can be minimized with well-planned open space preservation.
- The estimated annual value of ecosystem services of the 1,438 acres of Mat-Su Borough owned recreational land is over $1.8 million.
While the figures above paint a positive image of Mat-Su public open spaces, the ROI analysis was crucial to determine the actual costs and benefits of spending money to enhance and preserve open space in the Mat-Su. As Chapter 5 details, we reached a result of a 5.31 return on investment for the Mat-Su Borough owned lands alone, meaning that for every dollar that the Borough invests in open spaces, the payoff is more than $5, an astoundingly good return.