Value 7: Community Benefits
We value the way a park preserves our history, natural and scenic areas, and how outdoor recreation benefits a local community and its economy.
Benefits 7.1. Appropriate opportunities for communities to benefit from their relationship to the park will be provided.
Benefits 7.2. The park will serve as a source of wealth for visitors and the nearby community through park related activities.
Benefits 7.3. Take a long term approach to reducing carbon footprint
Allows for community use of park facilities in the non use times with out extensive travel down into the canyons
A neighbor or member of a nearby community can use Cottonwood like they would a typical local park. The Cottonwood recreation areas provide shade for picnic areas, defined play areas, cooling areas and occasion swimming opportunities.
Partner with Rural Development Initiatives, a non-profit, to assist nearby rural communities build capacity and transition their economies to benefit from rural tourism the park might bring.
The park welcome center sells locally crafted goods and a summer weekend market showcases regional products
Work with partners on a long term vision to build the Cottonwood Exploration Center. A green building approach is follow with the installation of a photovoltaic system to provide electrical power to classrooms and exhibit spaces.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park saves money and energy by installing solar panels on a maintenance building. When the system produces more energy than the building requires, it will feed electricity to the grid.