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Feature Story

July 2021


NRPA Survey Finds Strong Support for Park & Rec Infrastructure Investments

Parks, community centers, rec centers and more are an essential part of any community's improved infrastructure plan, says a newly released poll from the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA). Nearly all (92%) of U.S. adults said they want their local government to invest in this kind of community infrastructure.

Among those who believe that this type of community infrastructure is important, seven out of 10 say it is extremely or very important. The sentiment is shared across generational cohorts, including Gen Z, millennials, Gen X and baby boomers.

"Parks and recreation is essential infrastructure. Local communities must include these important assets as they plan infrastructure investments," said Kevin Roth, NRPA vice president of research, evaluation and technology. "These beloved spaces are the heart of every community, and additional park and recreation infrastructure is an investment in the people who live, work and play in these areas. Moreover, local park and recreation agencies need the support of the local, state and federal government to fund a backlog of more than $60 billion in deferred maintenance.

A report issued by NRPA in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University demonstrates the economic impact of local parks nationwide. Operations and capital spending for local parks generates more than $166 billion in economic activity and supports more than 1.1 million jobs—a conservative estimate that doesn't capture parks' other economic benefits, such as higher real estate values, health and wellness benefits, conservatism and resiliency benefits, tourism, and economic development. The report also includes a state-by-state analysis highlighting the impact of local parks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.


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