White Lake Township – The 13-park Huron-Clinton Metroparks system generates parks more than $90 million annually in direct visitor spending along with millions more in economic, environmental and health benefits, according to study released Thursday.

The study commissioned by the park system and conducted by the Trust for Public Land indicates these public lands and outdoor recreation activities across five counties in southeast Michigan are critical resources, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as residents were faced with closures or restrictions of gyms, playgrounds, tennis courts, restaurants and bars. Attendance has boomed at the parks over the past six months.

The parks comprising the Huron-Clinton Metroparks