Number of visitors to outdoor recreation facilities

Monitoring

Annual number of visitors using council operated centres at outdoor recreation sites - this excludes walkers who use public footpaths

The Country Parks and Countryside Heritage Sites remain popular and are an important asset for local people and visitors. Collection of accurate visitor data has always been difficult, relying on sample counts. Following a review, a number of electronic counters have been installed at sites, which should provide more accurate figures and better coverage of our sites.  The figures being gathered now are much more accurate and will provide a better baseline going forward.

The 17/18 Q4 figure of 869,262 is lower than for the same period last year Q4 16/17 953,419 this is a slight decline in figures which may be attributed to the improved collection methods of visitor numbers but most likely attributed to the bad weather during the quarter.