|Using natural resources as a model, Harrington presents a way of measuring the availability (or scarcity) of recreational resources by using surrogates for prices, which indicate what must be given in order to enjoy a recreational experience. The cost of travel to a recreational area or the cost of congestion caused by others using the same site are two of the variables he uses.|
Harrington's approach allows policy makers, resource economists, recreation professionals, and others to characterize the availability of recreational resources in economic terms, providing a yardstick for comparison and analysis. Thus, decisions can be made about what investments are needed in new recreation resources. The authors notes, however, that additional data -- especially detailed participation information, visitation records for short intervals, and costs of congestion -- should be collected to test his methodology.