Statistics Show Growing Demand
The American people think highly of their public park and recreation services, and most people use them, according to a recent study by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Key findings of the study, The Benefits of Local Recreation and Park Services: A Nationwide Study of the Perceptions of The American Public, included:
• 75 percent of the American public utilizes park and recreation services.
The study was conducted for NRPA by Dr. Geoffrey Godbey and Dr. Alan Graefe of Penn State University, and funded by the National Recreation Foundation.
Other important findings included:
• One of five people surveyed said they have taken up a new leisure activity within the past year.
"The findings are very important," according to R. Dean Tice, Executive Director of the National Recreation and Park Association. "The public actively participates in our programs, believes in the value of the service they are receiving, and is willing to support tax dollars and user fees to continue receiving service.
"In addition, it is clear that park users are healthier than non-park users, indicating that public recreation can contribute to reducing our nation's ever-increasing health bill," Tice added.
"Furthermore... it is clear that there is a deep-seated belief that parks and recreation is a necessary and fundamental part of any community," Tice said.
The findings were uncovered in a telephone interview with a representative national sample of 1,300 people 15 years of age or older. The study interviews were conducted between January and February, 1992.
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