There are more than 10,000 park and recreation agencies, providing parks, trails, and other public outdoor and indoor spaces in nearly every city, town and county across the United States.
• The typical park and recreation agency has:4
1. One park for every 2,277 residents
2. One playground for every 3,607 residents
3. One recreation center for every 30,709 residents
4. One community center for every 29,000 residents
Park and recreation counters social isolation by connecting people with nature and each other.
• Park and recreation programming touches on the NRPA Three Pillars of Health and Wellness, Equity, and Conservation:4
1. Festivals, parades and other commemorative events (89 percent)
2. Social recreation events (88 percent)
3. Performing arts (65 percent)
4. Nature walks, community gardening, historic site visits, and other natural and cultural history activities (62 percent)
5. Trips and tours (61 percent)
• Eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults agree that parks and recreation provide good opportunities to interact with nature and the outdoors.19
• Ninety-one percent of U.S. adults seek park-centered entertainment and social events that allow them to mix and mingle with others.20
The U.S. public strongly supports parks and recreation’s mission and funding.
• Eighty-two percent of U.S. adults say that parks and recreation is essential to their lives. People of all ages, income levels and all racial, ethnic and political backgrounds agree that parks and recreation is essential.4
• Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults, crossing ages, income levels and political affiliation — are more likely to vote for politicians (e.g., mayor, county executive or council member) who make park and recreation funding a priority.4
• Sixty-six percent of U.S. adults say that they support their local government dedicating revenues, taxes and levies that specifically target park and recreation operations or expansion projects.21