City of Bryant, Saline County, Arkansas
Office (501) 943-0999
From the Desk of Mayor Jill Dabbs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21st, 2017
Bryant isn’t known as a tourist destination. You won’t find beaches, amusement parks, or museums here in our city. However, what many don’t realize is that league and recreational sports have a major impact when looking at the financial aspect of tourism for our city.
For a community like Bryant, who is known for its competitiveness and variety in regards to sports teams- tournament, or sports tourism, is a huge revenue draw which benefits both residents and business owners alike.
“Based on the formulas provided by the University of Indiana study, the Bryant Parks Department anticipates the impact from its events to be over 1.5 million dollars by the end of the second quarter of 2017” stated Bryant Parks Director, Chris Treat
Swim meets, Tournaments (Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Wrestling) as well as Triathlons at Bishop Park have brought in competitors and visitors from all over Arkansas, as well as every neighboring state. Bishop Park also hosts Saline County’s only disc golf course, which is being expanded this year, and by 2018 the parks department will be ready to begin scheduling tournaments on that course as well.
It is also important to realize there is a residual effect of holding these types of events. Often, these events are the only reason many of the participants come to visit Bryant. Hopefully their visit will encourage them to return, recommend us to others within their milieu or even choose to make our community their home.
We also can’t overlook the benefits that sports have on children. The Sports and Development Organization (www.sportanddev.org) references the following statement on their website: “Sports and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and others and adherence to rules.”
In 2017, The Bryant Parks and Recreation Department estimates over 7,500 youth have participated in tournament play at the park. A number the department expects to continue to grow with the improvements being made to Bishop Park through bond funds provided by the voters.
For more information regarding Bryant Parks and Recreation, you may contact Chris Treat at 501-943-0422 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org