Benefits of Parks & Recreation

Did you know?
Robust parks and recreation systems have wide-ranging impacts including:

Economic Impacts:
Increased residential and commercial property values for those near parks
Improved quality of life that encourages business location and ensures higher employee retention

Environmental Impacts:
Reduced air and water pollution
Storm water management
Conservation and protection of native species

Health Impacts:
Parks encourage exercise
Exercise prevents diseases
Exercise improves mental health and mood
Contact with nature promotes physical and psychological health improvements

Community Impacts:
Increased livability in neighborhoods with parks and recreation opportunities
Strong link to reduced crime and juvenile delinquency rates
Create a sense of community that crosses economic, social and cultural boundaries

Discover eight ways parks improve your health by watching this video from Trust for Public Lands!