The National Recreation and Park Association polls U.S. residents to explore their views on topics related to the park and recreation field. Each poll targets 1,000 adults ages 18 and up, representing a cross-section of the population.


Featured Park Pulse

Prioritize Parks and Recreation at the PollsParks and Recreation Is a Funding Priority

August 2022
Political candidates that show strong support for funding parks and recreation are more likely to get the vote.

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Recent Park Pulse Findings


Nature Helps in Stressful TimesNature Helps in Stressful Times

July 2022
Having access to the outdoors and nature is an asset to individuals and families in times of stress.

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Inclusive Policies and PracticesInclusive Policies and Practices

June 2022
Ensure all people — regardless of background or abilities — can fairly participate in parks and recreation.

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Accessing First-Aid Training and Opportunities

May 2022
Learning first-aid in school and work can help save a life.

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Cultivating Environmental Stewardship

April 2022
Start teaching children early to be good environmental stewards in their communities.

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Kids PLaying SoccerProviding Youth Sports Opportunities

March 2022
Adults agree on the importance of youth having equitable access to sports opportunities.

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The Important Benefits of a First Job

February 2022
Teenagers and young adults benefit from first jobs in a variety of ways.

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A New Year Means New Aspirations

January 2022
Achieve your health and wellness goals with the help of your local park and recreation agency.

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Giving the Gift of Outdoor Activities

December 2021
Gifts associated with the outdoors are big this holiday season.

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Park Pulse November 2021The Value of Local Trails

November 2021
Parks and Recreation Link Our Lives Through Trails

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Time Spent Outside Reduces Stress

October 2021
Just 20 minutes a day outside reduces stress. How long do adults spend outside daily?

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Partnering With Schools for Greater Access

September 2021
Sharing outdoor open spaces for increased recreation opportunities.

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Summer Means Happy Memories

August 2021
Childhood memories of the beach, park and playground are shared with the next generation.

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Investing in Parks and Recreation

July 2021
U.S. adults want their local governments to invest in community infrastructure.

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Mental Health Benefits of Parks and Recreation

June 2021
U.S. adults find activities offered by local park and recreation agencies benefit their mental health.

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Outdoor Activities for All This Spring and Summer

May 2021
There is something outside for everyone to enjoy.

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Public Support for Environmental Initiatives

April 2021
Park and recreation professionals play a vital role in the protection of our environment.

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Career Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults

March 2021
Many young adults’ first-ever job is at the local park and recreation agency.

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A Look Back at Physical Activity Levels in 2020

February 2021
Parks and recreation provide vital resources for physical activity.

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Mentors Are Important in the Lives of Youth

January 2021
Park and recreation professionals provide important mentorship to youth.

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Take Action with Parks and Recreation to Help Your Community

December 2020
Volunteer opportunities for all ages exist through local park and recreation agencies.

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Create New Traditions in Parks this Season

November 2020
Local parks, campgrounds and greenspaces provide great opportunities for families and friends to gather this fall and winter.

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October 2020: Strong Support for Park and Recreation FundingStrong Support for Park and Recreation Funding

October 2020
U.S. adults want their local government to dedicate funds through revenues, taxes and levies that directly support parks and recreation.

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About NRPA Park Pulse

NRPA commissions Wakefield Research to survey approximately 1,000 adults ages 18 and up, on topics related to the park and recreation field. Each month, NRPA will release a new Park Pulse poll result. If you have a suggestion for a Park Pulse poll question, please send it to Kevin Roth.


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