This article identifies and categorizes four benefits of Parks and Recreation: Individual, Community, Economic, and Environmental.
Within each category are dozens of specific benefits, which are substantiated by facts, field studies, testimonials and research findings.
This fact sheet is a summary of the results from a March 2012 parks renovation study at Allentown's Cedar Creek Parkway entitled "Do Park Investments Make a Difference?"
From 2008-2011, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, working in cooperation with the City of Allentown Parks and Recreation Department, commissioned a study to gather park visitor data before and after a significant park renovation effort at Cedar Creek Parkway. Specifically, this study examined whether park renovations resulted in increased park visitation rates and use characteristics, enhanced perceptions of park quality and satisfaction, and changed attitudes concerning the role of parks and recreation in the City of Allentown.
This publication is a compilation of articles and research materials addressing the value of parks and recreation departments.