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* Nearly nine in 10 people agree
it is important to fund local park
and recreation agencies to ensure
every member of the community
has equitable access to amenities,
infrastructure and programming.
Additionally, more than nine in
10 U.S. adults say it is important for
local government to invest in community
infrastructure, such as parks,
community centers, recreation facilities
and senior centers, according
to a 2021 NRPA Park Pulse poll
(tinyurl.com/mutnzdrm).
Despite
this
support, far too
often park and recreation agencies
are the first public services limited
or curtailed in times of economic
hardship. Misjudged as an
extracurricular or " nice-to-have "
amenity, these
cornerstones
of
communities are forced to do more
with less. So, how do we translate
this overwhelming public support
into action and investment in park
and recreation agencies?
Reframing the
Conversation
NRPA pulled these data points into
compelling narratives to help make
the case for your agency (nrpa.org/
Essential). These impact statements
highlight the many ways that park
and recreation agencies positively
impact their communities:
Park and recreation agencies
promote community health and
wellness.
People who live near parks are both
physically and mentally healthier
than those who do not. Proximity
and access to parks encourage
active recreation in spaces, such
as playgrounds, hiking and biking
trails, senior centers, sports fields
and swimming pools, resulting in
park users being three times more
likely to achieve recommended
levels of physical activity than nonusers.
Mental health is significantly
related to residential distance from
parks, with people living more than
one kilometer away from a green
space having nearly 50 percent
higher odds of experiencing stress
than those living fewer than 300
meters from a green space.
Park and recreation agencies'
programming and education
activities positively impact
childhood development.
Park and recreation agencies are
a leading provider of childcare,
out-of-school time programming,
healthy meals, nutrition services
and education. Four in five park
and recreation agencies offer outof-school
time programs; 92 percent
offer team sports leagues; and nearly
three in five offer science, technology,
engineering and mathematics
(STEM)-specific programs. Children
of all skills and abilities can
play and learn together in nature,
experiencing better emotional stability
and improved mental health.
Parks and recreation drives
economic opportunity.
Local park and recreation agencies
generated $166 billion in economic
activity and supported more than
1.1 million jobs in 2017. What's
more, the outdoor recreation
economy, which includes
local
parks and recreation, accounted
for $373.3 billion of the U.S. Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), or 1.8
percent of the U.S. economy, in
2020.
Investments
in improving
a community's quality of life can
create a virtuous cycle: high-quality
places attract workers, which
attract employers, which, in turn,
attract more investments and jobs.
Parks and recreation is
everywhere, uniting people and
strengthening communities.
With more than 10,000 agencies
across the United States, parks and
recreation counters social isolation
by connecting people with nature in
nearly every city, town and county.
Irrespective of age, income level and
political affiliation, the public strongly
supports parks and recreation's
mission, and they want their political
leaders to fully fund these agencies.
Parks and recreation is essential
and adaptable infrastructure that
makes our communities resilient
in the face of natural disasters
and climate change.
Local park and recreation agencies
collectively manage more than 11
million acres of open space across the
United States. Park and recreation
agencies are on the forefront of their
communities' emergency response.
People with access to parks and green
spaces live longer, healthier lives. Six
in seven U.S. adults believe and want
parks and recreation to protect local
natural resources and mitigate the
impact of climate change.
Rise Up for Parks and Recreation
Parks and recreation is about bringing
people together. This Park and Recreation
Month, rise up and let your
united voices be heard. With August
recess and the midterm elections right
around the corner, we have a prime
opportunity to harness the public's
appreciation for parks and translate it
into robust public investments in local
parks and recreation.
Dan McCarthy is NRPA's Advocacy Manager
(dmccarthy@nrpa.org).
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