"Go outside and Play": The Facts on Outdoor Recreation

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"Go outside and Play": The Facts on Outdoor Recreation


THE 2010 OUTDOOR RECREATION PARTICIPATION REPORT is the only detailed study of its kind tracking American participation treads in outdoor recreation. The study is based on an online survey capturing responses from over 40,000 Americans ages 6 and older and covers 114 different activities. Below are some facts from that report that might just surprise you:

137.8 million: The number of Americans who participated regularly in some form of outdoor recreation in 2009. That number represents nearly 50 percent of Americans ages 6 and older.

40: The percentage of outdoor recreation participants who reported that the economy is requiring them Lo cut back on their expenditures for all non-essentials (including outdoor activities).

67: The percentage of Caucasian children ages 6-12 who participated in some form of outdoor recreation in 2009. Contrastingly, only 50 percent of Hispanic kids and 39 percent of African-American kids in the same age group participated.

6.4: The level at which outdoor recreation participants rated their own fitness level (on a scale of 1 to 10). …

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