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RESEARCH
Making the Case for Parks and Recreation
By Kevin Roth
Y
ou know your work is critical for a healthy, prosperous community,
but it is likely that not everyone who has control over your agency's
destiny does. Hence, it is vital to consistently tell the park and recreation
story with easy-to-understand and compelling facts and data.
NRPA has developed five statements
that highlight how Parks and
Recreation Is Essential (nrpa.org/
Essential). Each statement is backed
with multiple supporting proof points
that paint the picture of how parks
and recreation positively impacts the
lives of millions of people every day.
Each of these proof points is backed
with data and insights culled from
research developed by NRPA, other
like-minded organizations and the
academic community. Here are the
five statements and their respective
proof points:
Parks and recreation promotes
health and wellness.
* People who live near parks are
both
provider of childcare and out-ofschool
time programming.
* Parks and recreation is a leader in
youth sports, providing opportunities
for children of all skills and abilities
to play and introducing kids to
a wide variety of sports activities.
* Parks and recreation teaches kids
about environmental responsibility,
provides better cognitive and
emotional stimulation, and promotes
creativity and imagination.
* Children who spend a significant
amount of time in nature also experience
better emotional stability
and improved mental health.
Parks and recreation drives
physically and mentally
healthier than those who do not.
* Parks and recreation encourages
physical activities by providing
space for popular sports, hiking
trails, swimming pools and many
other activities designed to promote
active lifestyles.
* Parks and recreation is a leading
provider of healthy meals, nutrition
services and education.
* Access to parks and other public
open spaces promotes greater
mental well-being.
Park and recreation programming
and education activities are critical
to childhood development.
* Parks and recreation is a leading
economic opportunity.
* Local park and recreation agencies'
expenditures
support eco*
Employers
nomic activity and job creation.
and
employees
are more likely to locate near
high-quality park and recreation
amenities.
* Parks and recreation boosts home
values and property tax bases.
* Parks and recreation is a leading
source of first jobs for youth and
young adults.
Parks and recreation is
everywhere, uniting people and
strengthening communities.
* There are more than 10,000 park
and recreation agencies, providing
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lic outdoor and indoor spaces in
nearly every city, town and county
across the United States.
* Parks and recreation counters social
isolation by connecting people
with nature and each other.
* The U.S. public strongly supports
parks and recreation's mission
and funding.
* U.S. adults want their political
leaders to fully fund parks and
recreation.
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.
* Climate-ready parks provide
proven, cost-effective and sustainable
environmental solutions.
* People with access to parks and
green spaces live longer, healthier
lives.
* The U.S. public wants parks and
recreation to protect natural resources
and mitigate the impact
of climate change.
Next month, we will highlight a
new report that reviews the literature
on the health and wellness benefits
of parks and recreation.
Kevin Roth is NRPA's Vice President of
Research, Evaluation and Technology
(kroth@nrpa.org).
http://www.nrpa.org/essential http://www.nrpa.org/essential

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https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/november-2021
https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/october-2021
https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/september-2021
https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/august-2021
https://ezine.nrpa.org/nrpa/ParksRecreationMagazine/july-2021
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