Parks and Recreation

  • Economic Value Impact: Critical for Growth
  • Health and Environmental Benefits: Very Important
  • Social Importance: Very Important

Importance of Parks and Recreation to your future Mayor MacPherson

  • Parks improve the local tax base and increase property values.
  • Quality parks and recreation are cited as one of the top three reasons that business cite in relocation decisions in a number of studies.
  • Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community.
  • Parks and recreation programs provide places for health and well-being that are accessible by persons of all ages and abilities
  • Access to parks and recreation opportunities has been strongly linked to reductions in crime and to reduced juvenile delinquency
  • Parks have a value to communities that transcend the amount of dollars invested or the revenues gained from fees. Parks provide a sense of public pride and cohesion to every community.