Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Case for Parks & Recreation: This Important General Session Explores Five Key Research Projects

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Case for Parks & Recreation: This Important General Session Explores Five Key Research Projects

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WHEN PARK AND RECREATION professionals and citizen advocates come to Minneapolis October 25-29 for the NRPA Congress & Exhibition, they will have more chances to learn and network than ever before. It's no coincidence that the myriad educational sessions and general sessions reflect this year's theme: "Connecting Communities." If there is one session illustrating the connection between parks and communities, it's got to be "Repositioning: The Key to an Agency's Viable Future."

Presenter John L. Crompton, Distinguished Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Texas A&M University will host this 90-minute general session (Thursday, October 28)

that features the conclusions of five expert-written research reports that explore ways to better justify the benefits the field delivers relating to the role of parks in a healthy human environment:

* Influence of parks on property values

* Evidence supporting youth development services

* Benefits of physical activity provided by park and recreation services

* Impact of parks and trees on air quality

* Measurement of the economic impart of park and recreation services

Justification for tax support for parks and recreation hinges on the number of people who receive their benefits. …

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