The vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree that easy access to low-/no-cost fitness and educational opportunities at their local recreation or community center enhances their community. Park and recreation agencies across the country excel in providing Americans with these opportunities. Fifty-eight percent of park and recreation agencies operate community centers while 57 percent operate recreation centers. These centers are lifelines to many neighborhoods. Classes at rec or community centers teach skills, trades, fitness and hobbies as diverse as the people served.

Recreation and education opportunities strengthen the community in multiple ways; including, bringing together neighbors, keeping or getting people of all ages healthy and fit, providing learning opportunities and life skills, to name just a few ways. All of these contribute to a more connected and vibrant community.

Key Findings

  • 91 percent of Americans agree easy access to low-/no-cost fitness and educational opportunities at their local recreation or community centers enhances their community.
  • Women (42 percent) are more likely than men (34 percent) and Americans overall (38 percent) to “completely” agree that easy access to fitness and educational opportunities at their local recreation or community centers enhances their community.
  • Millennials are in highest agreeance at 95 percent though nine in 10 Gen Xers and baby boomers agree that easy access to fitness and educational opportunities at their local recreation or community centers enhances their community.

 

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