Analyzing the Economic Impacts of Events within Prince George’s County


This collaborative project between PALS students, and representatives from M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Prince George’s County began as a data analysis effort. We were to analyze existing data from M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation for insights into how hosted events and rental facilities impact the economics of Prince George’s County as a whole. For example, one task would consist of analyzing the amount of money spent within Prince George’s County by out-of-County tourists during their attendance at a M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation service or event. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many changes have been instituted by state and local governments. Restrictions on group activities and indoor facility use have impacted DPR operations and limited the scope of the services that they can provide during the outbreak. We can expect that the scope will return to its usual size as restrictions are lifted, but in the meantime, there is a new opportunity to capture data about Parks and Recreation users in Prince George’s County. We hope that this data capture will ultimately help the Department of Parks and Recreation in formulating new insights as COVID-19 continues to impact organizations and people. This shift of scope altered our data analysis project into one of data capture. The task is to create a data collection method that will help capture economic losses endured by Prince George’s County due to the service cancellations caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. This method will also capture user interest in online-formatted services hosted by M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation. We also aim to capture current user behavior of remaining assets (parks and trails). The chosen data collection will be two surveys.


Final project for INST490: Integrated Capstone for Information Science (Spring 2020). University of Maryland, College Park.