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RESEARCH
2022 Park Pulse Poll Highlights
By Kevin Roth
T
he 2022 Engagement With Parks Report (nrpa.org/Engagement) tells us
that more than 275 million people across our nation went to a park
and recreation facility at least once during the past year. For some, it
meant taking a brisk walk or bike ride around a park, or swimming
at a community pool, to better their physical and mental health. For others, it
was children participating in myriad out-of-school time programming or youth
sports leagues. For even others, it was connecting with neighbors at a local festival
or taking a well-being class. Because each person has a unique personal
relationship with parks and recreation, they may not have a complete understanding
of every way your agency affects the lives of the community every day.
That is where the NRPA Park
Pulse poll (nrpa.org/ParkPulse)
comes in. Since 2017, the NRPA
Research team has partnered with
Wakefield Research each month to
ask 1,000 adults ages 18 and older
questions related to the park and
recreation field. The results highlight
the wide variety of programming,
offerings and amenities that
make up parks and recreation.
Consider the NRPA Park Pulse
polls results over the past year:
* January: Ninety-four
percent
of U.S. adults have a health and
wellness goal for the new year,
including eating better, reducing
stress, starting or increasing exercise,
and going outside more.
* February: Ninety-six percent of
U.S. adults agree there are important
benefits that teenagers and
young adults gain from their first
jobs and volunteer opportunities,
including developing skills, gaining
valuable work experience, and
building confidence.
* March: Ninety-eight percent of
U.S. adults agree that providing
youth with equitable access to
sports opportunities is important.
* April: Ninety-four
percent
of
U.S. adults agree it is essential
for children and young adults to
learn about the environment and
ways they can help be good environmental
stewards.
* May: Eighty-eight
percent
of
U.S. adults agree it is crucial for
the public to have access to firstaid
training and certification
opportunities, including first-aid
training for park and recreation
staff and the general public.
* June: Eighty-one percent of U.S.
adults want parks and recreation to
ensure inclusivity through policies
and practices that consider people
of all mental and physical abilities,
as well as ethnic, religious, racial,
cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds
or orientations.
* July: Six in seven U.S.
adults
agree it is helpful that they and
their families have access to the
outdoors and nature during stressful
times, including by sitting on a
park bench during a lunch break
or hiking through a forest.
* August: Sixty-two percent of
U.S. adults say they are likely
to vote for a political candidate
(e.g., mayor, county executive/
president, council member, con18
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gressperson) who makes park
and recreation funding a priority.
* September: More than one in four
U.S. adults say they are unsure of
their access to locally-grown food
or it is not easy for them and their
families to find locally-grown food.
* October: U.S. adults say having
opportunities for playing sports
and taking part in other physical
activities, job training or developing
a skill, and access to nutritious
meals are among the most
beneficial
offerings for youth
outside of school.
* November: Eighty-eight percent
of U.S. adults want their local park
and recreation agencies to provide
adaptive and inclusive recreation
programming so persons of all
abilities may participate.
* December: People of all stripes
attend
holiday-themed
events
hosted and sponsored by park
and recreation agencies.
We present each month's Park
Pulse poll result here in Parks &
Recreation magazine and on our
website, including an infographic
and detailed data showing the responses
by different demographic
groups. We also share each
month's poll results on our social
media channels. Many park and
recreation agencies use the results
as an opportunity to highlight their
own programming and amenities.
If you have a suggestion for a
poll topic,
future
please
let my
colleague Melissa May know by
emailing her at mmay@nrpa.org.
We would love to hear from you
about your poll idea and how your
agency uses the results to tell your
park and recreation story.
Kevin Roth is Vice President of Research,
Evaluation and Technology at NRPA
(kroth@nrpa.org).
http://www.nrpa.org/Engagement http://www.nrpa.org/ParkPulse

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