Recreational Spaces and Programming

Increase opportunities for physical activity in parks, fitness centers, community centers, and other community recreation areas.

Learn about the co-benefits of Recreational Spaces and Programming below.

Strategies

Parks and Open Space

Create new parks, enhance or renovate current parks, or convert unused spaces, like vacant or abandoned lots, into parks.


Recreational Fitness Programs

Offer and promote recreational or community fitness programs, including exercise classes, recreational sports teams, or open gym time.


Access to Places for Physical Activity

Build new recreational facilities, renovate older ones, or increase access to existing recreational spaces.


Co-benefits

Recreational Spaces and Programming co-benefits include:

Neighborhood Cohesion: Revitalizing recreational spaces and increasing the attractiveness of parks can increase neighborhood cohesion and sense of community.

Safety: Revitalizing recreational spaces, especially when combined with programming, may reduce crime and increase perceptions of safety.

Environment and Climate Change Mitigation: Parks and open spaces with trees can filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas. They also reduce soil erosion and combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

Wellbeing: Having access to the outdoors has been shown to positively impact mental wellbeing, restore attention, and reduce depressive symptoms.

Health Benefits: In addition to reducing obesity, an increase in physical activity can also reduce the risks of the following health related problems:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer
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