07-12-21 | News

Public Support for Park and Recreation Investment Is Strong

Public Spaces Are Essential to The Community

In a new poll by NRPA, results show that a majority of adults view community infrastructure as an important investment.

According to a newly released National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), 92 percent of U.S. adults say they want their local government to invest in infrastructure such as parks, community centers, recreation, and senior centers.

The poll shows that across ages, 7 in 10 people say it's extremely important or very import to have community infrastructure available within the community.

"Parks and recreation are 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."

In a report issued also by NRPA, in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, showed that the economic impact of local parks.


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