Nature Nesters: Falling into Fall - Leaving Summer Behind
09/19/2019 10:00 am - 10:59 am
Fenwick Fledglings - Home Sweet Home - Neat Nests
09/19/2019 4:00 pm - 4:59 pm
Nature Nesters: Falling into Fall - Wild Winds
09/20/2019 10:00 am - 10:59 am
- Sep 19
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Meet us at the playground at Independence Park, tomorrow, Friday, September 20th, to play a wide variety of games.… https://t.co/jMMuXzefON
- Sep 19
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FACILITY CLOSURE: The Natatorium will be closed to members from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, September 22… https://t.co/bktS1suXTn
This July, it's Game On! here at Pearland Parks & Recreation
Benefits of Parks and Recreation Facilities
Park and recreation services are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all walks of life — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation brings to communities.
According to a 2018 study conducted by Wakefield Research and commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association, 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
- 85% of Americans consider high-quality park and recreation amenities important factors when choosing a new place to live.
- More than 9 in 10 Americans agree that parks and recreation is an important local government service.
- Support for local parks is widespread, spanning different age groups, income strata, household types and political affiliations.
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 facilities are on the frontline in the battle against 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
- Parks serve as sponges that soak up run off from nearby paved surfaces during rain events.
- This prevents flooding and decreases property damage.
- Well-designed parks also reduce water usage by recycling and storing this water for use during times of low precipitation.
- Parks are cooler than their surrounding cities
- Parks also contribute to overall urban cooling, making 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 $154 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1 million jobs from their operations and capital spending alone in 2015.