08-07-19 | Association News

Americans Show Strong Support for Local Park Improvement

Poll Targets 1,000 Adults Ages 18 and Up

Americans Show Strong Support for Local Park Improvement

The poll is a part of NRPA's Park Pulse, a continuing series of monthly surveys that gauge the public's opinion on topics relating to parks and recreation.

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association shows that more than four in five Americans (85 percent) want their local governments to fund park and recreation revitalization projects, including the restoration of parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and community centers.


Among those surveyed, parents are the most dedicated proponents (66 percent). Sixty-four percent of millennials completely support the notion. 85 percent of Americans show some level of support.

"Communities everywhere rely upon well maintained parks and recreation facilities. Local government officials need to dedicate money for park and recreation revitalization projects to ensure everyone has access to a great park," said Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of professional development, research and technology. "Not only do these investments contribute to the overall wellbeing of a community, they also boost the local economy. In 2015 alone, America's local park and recreation agencies' spending generated $154 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1.1 million jobs."

NRPA supports park revitalization through its Parks Build Community initiative. This national program demonstrates the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. Each year, NRPA conducts a complete park makeover in partnership with park equipment manufacturers and community organizations within the city hosting the NRPA Annual Conference. This year, the Parks Build project is at Catherine Street Park in Baltimore, Maryland. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the revitalized park is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 to kick-off the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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