Magazine article Parks & Recreation

How to Get the Most Value for Your Park & Recreation Spend

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

How to Get the Most Value for Your Park & Recreation Spend

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With more than 80 percent of adults and children in the United States visiting parks each year, public parks are vitally important to ensuring the health of families and youth and to contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community. Local park and recreation agencies provide a wealth of benefits, such as outdoor recreation and physical activity, social gatherings, community engagement and improved quality of life.

Despite many benefits, one of the top challenges park and recreation districts face is the lack of adequate funding and the expense of facility maintenance. Tight budgets make it difficult to keep up with maintenance or to plan and fund revitalization projects or address community needs.

By aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide, a government purchasing cooperative, like U.S. Communities, can help reduce costs and provide access to top-quality suppliers through competitively solicited contracts. …

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