The economic benefits of new parks and recreation projects are very important, particularly when deciding whether to build a new facility in a community. But there are plenty of other positive ways that parks and recreation projects can impact your community. Today in the SFA SFM blog, we’ll talk specifically about the health and wellness benefits of parks and recreation.
A Hub for Activity
A park will encourage more physical activity in your community, reducing health issues and obesity for many community members. By providing a well-maintained green space in a convenient location, people will be more inspired to utilize the park for healthy activities, such as running, walking, playing sports, and to be more physically active in general.
This can be bolstered by providing additional spaces for activities, such as tennis courts, basketball courts, and baseball fields. Establishing programs around your sports assets, like recreational leagues, make your park more valuable to the community. Additionally, leagues generate income for the city and boost the local economy.
A park is a great resource for members of the community to hold their own group activities, such as running clubs or weekly yoga classes. People love to enrich their lives in these ways, so providing a local park goes a long way toward improving community health and wellness.
Mental Health Benefits
While the physical health benefits of parks and recreation facilities are clear, there are also many mental health benefits that should not be overlooked. Studies have shown that spending time outside in a green space can vastly improve psychological wellbeing. Interacting and engaging with nature can reduce stress, improve mood, increase creativity, and much more. Plus, parks provide an area for socializing, which also improves mental health.
The combination of mental and physical health benefits for the members of your community can positively affect their lives in many ways. Not only will they feel better and be healthier, their medical and insurance costs may be lower thanks to their healthier lifestyle. As you can see, the community benefits are far-reaching.
Contact SFA SFM
If you are looking to expand parks and recreation in your community, SFA SFM can help. Our expert team can conduct feasibility studies for new parks and recreation areas, improve or add parks and recreation programs and facilities, and guide you through the entire process. Parks and recreation provide more than just health and wellness benefits. Your community will see more economic development, more visitor spending, increased property values, and much more. Contact us today for more information.