JULY - Parks & Recreation Month!

July is National Parks and Recreation Month!

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Parks and Recreation MATTERS!...Did you know...?

  • According to the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2019 Engagement with Parks Report, an overwhelming majority of Americans assert that they personally benefit from local parks and that their communities benefit from local parks.
    • Americans, on average, visit their local park and recreation facilities more than twice a month.
    • Three in four Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a local park or other recreational facility.
    • Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults agree that visiting their local parks, trails and open spaces is essential for their mental and physical well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • More than nine in 10 Americans agree that parks and recreation is an important local government service.
  • The Centers for Disease Control found that increased access to places for physical activity led to a 25.6 percent increase in people exercising 3 or more times per week.
  • Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
  • On average, children who live in greener environments weigh less than children who live in less green areas.
  • Children that have easy access to a playground are approximately five times more likely to have a healthy weight than children that do not have easy access to playgrounds.
  • The nation’s park and recreation professionals are on the frontline in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness, substance use disorder, the obesity epidemic and other chronic health issues.
  • A park with one acre of trees absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by driving a car 11,000 miles.
  • Parks do a great deal to contribute to species richness in urban settings — a review of more than 60 studies by IFPRA shows that there is strong evidence to support the concept that parks support both plant and animal biodiversity. This offers not only an important educational opportunity, but additionally supports overall ecosystem functionality.
  • Parks reduce the impact of large storms and flooding by serving as sponges that soak up run off from nearby paved surfaces during rain events. This in turn prevents flooding and decreases property damage. Parks that are well-designed also reduce water usage by recycling and storing this water for use during times of low precipitation. 
  • Evidence not only shows that parks are cooler than their surrounding cities, but actually shows that parks contribute to overall urban cooling — parks make our cities more comfortable in the summer!
  • According to a 2017 NRPA Park Pulse poll, 83% of Americans believe it is important that their local government makes environmental initiatives a priority.
  • According to a study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University and the National Recreation and Park Association, America’s local park agencies generated more than $166 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1 million jobs from their operations and capital spending alone in 2017.
  • 83 percent of U.S. adults agree that visiting their local parks, trails and open spaces is essential for their mental and physical well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nearly three in five adults say that access to these amenities is very or extremely essential to their mental and physical health.
  • Parents are more likely than nonparents to find parks, trails and open spaces very or extremely essential (68 percent vs 56 percent, respectively).
  • Millennials and Gen Z are more likely than Baby Boomers to say it is very or extremely essential to do physical activities at their local parks, trails and open spaces to maintain their mental and physical health (68 percent and 65 percent vs. 54 percent, respectively).