The Benefits of Recreation and Parks
Recreation and parks foster individual wellness, community wellness, and the wellbeing of built and natural environments.
Recreation and parks enhance mental and physical wellbeing.
- Parks stimulate physically active and imaginative play for children.
- Recreation and parks that encourage physical activity help people of all ages maintain healthy weights, and reduces health care costs.
- A playground can increase the physical activity levels of children.
- Participation in recreation and time spent in parks can increase self-esteem and life satisfaction.
- Recreation provides opportunities for personal growth and development for all.
Recreation and parks enhance social wellbeing.
- After-school recreation programs provide many developmental opportunities for children and youth.
- Recreation can help build social relationships—through clubs, social organizations, participating on a team, or making a new friend.
- Recreation can help decrease anti-social behaviours among youth.
Recreation and parks help build strong families and communities.
- Recreation and parks promote family cohesion and resiliency.
- Community events help keep neighbours connected and make neighbourhoods strong
- Participation in cultural and artistic programs promotes social cohesion and volunteerism.
- Recreational activities can help build welcoming communities for people and families from diverse cultures.
Recreation and parks help people connect with nature
- Parks are spaces where people of all ages can connect with nature.
- Being on the land has a positive effect on both physical and mental health. It can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, and support children’s cognitive development.
- On the land recreation fosters a better understanding and appreciation for all aspects of local culture, language, and ecology.
Recreation and parks have economic benefits.
- Spending on recreation creates jobs, fosters tourism, and makes communities more attractive places to live, learn, work, play, and visit.
- Investment in recreation can lead to improvements in individual and community wellbeing, which helps to reduce costs in health care, social services, and justice.