NRPA Park Pulse: Americans Look to Local Governments for Affordable Out-of-School Time Programs

October 1, 2018, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

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Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse will help to tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted, and with this month’s poll, we asked Americans:

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement – Increasing the availability of affordable out-of-school time programs at local parks, recreation centers and libraries to families of all income levels should be a goal of my local government?

93% of Americans look to local governments to increase availability of affordable out-of-school time programming at their park and recreation agencies.

Both households with children and without children agree that local governments should focus on increasing affordable out-of-school time programming.

  • Households with children 94%
  • Households without children 91%

Availability of affordable out-of-school programs is especially popular among millennials, as well as baby boomers and Gen Xers who agree local governments should increase the offering to families of all income levels.

  • Millennials 97%
  • Baby Boomers 92%
  • Gen Xers 89%

For more information, visit NRPA Park Pulse

The National Recreation and Park Association Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,004 adult Americans, ages 18+, between June 21st and June 25th, 2018, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.