Parks and Recreation Fosters Belonging

August 24, 2023, Department, by NRPA

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Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults want their local park and recreation agency to take steps to ensure all their community members feel welcome. Park and recreation departments foster belonging through:

  • Providing all-abilities activities
  • Engaging with community leaders to identify needs and desires
  • Offering low-or no-cost programming
  • Training park and recreation professionals on public health

Parents and individuals who identify as Black are most likely to feel that cultivating
a welcoming environment is very or extremely important.

Each month, through a poll of 1,000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research.

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