Eagle Scout Cedrick Everaert installing new walking trail markers, 2016
Parks and recreation makes lives and communities better now and in the future by providing access to the serenity and inspiration of nature; outdoor space to play and exercise; facilities for self-directed and organized recreation; positive alternatives for youth which help lower crime and mischief and activities that facilitate social connections, human development, therapy, the arts and lifelong learning.
Parks are essential to good health and vibrant economies.
One of the most important essentials to an attractive and healthy urban environment is a well-designed and well-maintained network of city parks—an essential component of any city’s infrastructure. Parks support public health, the economy, the environment, education, and community cohesion. Parks make our cities sustainable, livable and vibrant.
Kids benefit from playing outside
Children who play outside learn how to solve real-life problems better than children who are always in their rooms playing video games in seclusion. Examples of problem solving include learning to get along with friends or trying to figure out the best way to build a fort.
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