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"The Role of Parks in Shaping Successful Cities" (2014). National Recreation and Park Association and American Planning Association.

"How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health" (2003). American Planning Association.

Additional Benefits & Resources


According to a publication by the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation, a park "not only provides health and environmental benefits, a sense of community, and a higher quality of life, it is also good for the bottom line."

The American Planning Association estimates that homes located within 1,500 feet of natural areas increase in value by $10,648. While homes within the same proximity to specialty parks and urban parks experience property value increases of around $5,657 and $1,214 respectively. 


Local recreation and park services can be enjoyed by both users and non-users! In a nationwide survey, 71% of non-users expressed that they received some benefit from the parks and recreation facilities located within their community.

Some of the benefits included keeping kids occupied and off of the streets, having a place to go, and building community awareness. Users of parks benefit even more! They have a place to exercise with a relaxing atmosphere, can meet new people in their community, and be exposed to instructional classes.


Park and recreation facilities are public services are critical in ensuring the health and well-being of residents and visitors. According to the CDC, only 25% of American adults engage in the recommended amount of physical activity.

The lack of physical activity in general contributes to the increased obesity rates, along with obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure and strokes. Studies show that simply the exposure to nature can improve one's psychological health. 

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