Benefits of Parks and Recreation

A strong parks and recreation system is essential for a thriving community.   

-    Four out of the five North Americans use their local parks and recreation system.

-    70% have a park or recreation facility within walking distance of their home

Parks influence our lives and we tend not to give them much thought.  They require professional care and financial support to keep them clean, safe and suitable for the community.  

Health Benefits

Access to parks and recreation facilities leads to healthy lifestyles for people of all ages.  

-    Parks, greenways and trails enable and encourage people to exercise. 

A young boy rides his bike along the asphalt trail that runs along side Hwy. 21. -    Exposure to nature improves psychological and social health.  

-    Recreation programming helps to combat the national obesity epidemic through the development of healthy lifestyles, minds and bodies.  

Environmental Benefits

Parks, open spaces and trails play a key role in preserving water and air quality, reducing congestion and protecting wildlife.  

Through the provision of parks, open spaces and protected natural environment, recreation can contribute to the environmental health of our communities.  

Community Benefits

Parks and recreation sources give communities a vital identity.  

-    Parks and recreation opportunities encourage citizens to be engaged in their communities as volunteers, stewards, advocates and students.  

-    Community recreation reduces alienation, loneliness and anti-social behaviors.  

Economic Benefits

Parks enhance property values, contribute to healthy and productive work forces and help attract and retain businesses.  A playground set sits amongst greenspace, with an maple tree in front as it begins to change colors.

-    Parks and recreation facilities make communities desirable places to live, work, play and visit.  

-    Parks and recreation services motivate business relocation and expansion in the community.  

-    In a national public opinions survey, 57% of respondents said if they were in the market to buy a new home, they would be more likely to select a home if it was close ot parks and open space.  

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  1. Paul Peanasky

    Paul Peanasky

    Parks and Recreation Director

    Phone: 507-334-2064

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    Parks & Recreation

    15 W Division Street

    Faribault, MN 55021


    Phone: 507-334-2064

    Cancellation Information: 507-384-0539

    Fax: 507-334-1523

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