The Positives of Recreation On Society
October 24, 2018
Everybody knows that being active is good for your personal health. Professionals encourage recreation as a way to keep both your mind and your body young and healthy. But what about the benefits to the community? Are there any? Read on to learn about how recreation can benefit society.
Health benefits are important both for individuals and to societies as a whole. Recreation opportunities create healthy opportunities for members of a society. When members are healthier, it makes the society as a whole healthier—fewer overall missed days of work, fewer viruses being spread, improved eating habits, etc. By fostering a system and an attitude that welcomes and encourages recreational activities, you are also encouraging healthy life choices in a variety of arenas.
Research has shown that a well-planned park and recreation system can strengthen the overall economy of a community. Having ample recreation opportunities nearby can increase property values and encourage job creation. Parks and recreation can increase tourism, entrepreneurism, and consumerism in the area. Of course, the health benefits of recreation also translate to economic benefits to a community as well as workers, students, and families are overall healthier and miss fewer days of school and work.
A strong park and recreation system can help foster a desire to protect the environment among the community. By enjoying beautiful natural spaces and outdoor activities, members of society will want to work to keep their air, parks, water, and other resources clean. Park and recreation facilities can also be more active in helping the environment, by planting environment-friendly landscapes and increasing carbon-capture and oxygen creation by planting trees.
By having a strong recreation program, communities can increase and promote public safety in a number of ways. While making use of otherwise-empty facilities, recreation programs deter tempted criminals from taking actions. Also, by encouraging a sense of community, parks and recreation programs encourage individuals to look out for their neighbors and their neighborhoods. Recreation programs also keep kids busy after school and on weekends—reducing their opportunities to otherwise get into trouble.
Both parks and recreational activities can foster a true sense of community among individuals. By connecting people to exercise, nature, learning, and each other, parks and recreation instill a sense of belonging and pride in many of those that are involved. This sense of community will expand to other areas of society and help foster a place where residents truly thrive.
No matter the makeup of your community, a strong recreation and parks program will improve the quality of life for your residents. When residents are happy, the possibilities are endless and the benefits are numerous.