Some elements of recreation demand
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If the physical opportunity for outdoor recreation exists, and if people are given a free choice, a large majority of them will spend some of their money and some of their time on outdoor recreation. The available statistical information shows that millions of persons in the Uniteq States are doing this, and the numbers are rising sharply each year. The magnitudes involved can be seen in Figure 2, which shows attendance at major types of recreation areas from 1910 for the national park system, and from various later dates for other major kinds of areas. Visits to the national parks increased all through World War I; the Great Depression of the 1930's did hardly more than slow down growth in visits to the national park system and to the national forests. Minor variations in rates of growth occur in other years for some kinds of areas, but the whole record is one of surprising uniformity in the persistence of the growth rate. The only major interruption was during World War II, when travel and other restrictions existed.