Parks, playgrounds, greenways, trails, and community open spaces play a key role in keeping Americans and their communities fit and healthy.
Studies have concluded the exposure to nature in parks, gardens, and natural areas can improve psychological and social health.
Green spaces and natural areas provide children with opportunities for play, and play is critical in the development of muscle strength and coordination, language, and cognitive abilities.
Parks build healthy communities by creating stable neighborhoods and strengthening community development. Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with greenery in common spaces enjoy stronger social ties.