Benefits DataBank - Benefits of Recreation

(formerly the Benefits Catalogue)

....summarizing evidence that recreation and parks services really do make a difference.  Validation is provided for 49 benefits or outcome statements organized around eight marketing messages.

Recreation, parks, sports, fitness, active living, arts and cultural services:

  • are essential to personal health and well-being
  • provide the key to balanced human development
  • provide a foundation for quality of life
  • reduce self-destructive and anti-social behaviour
  • build strong families and healthy communities
  • reduce health care, social service and police/justice costs
  • are a significant economic generator
  • and that green spaces are essential to environmental and ecological wellbeing, even survival

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