Thompson, Tsongas Introduce Resolution to Mark July as ‘Park and Recreation Month’

Jun 28, 2017

Park systems dedicated to conservation efforts, improving quality of life for residents and serving local communities

WASHINGTONU.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) have introduced a resolution to designate July as “Park and Recreation Month” to celebrate federal, state and local public parks and recreation systems.

H. Res. 406 recognizes the important role that public parks, recreation facilities and activities play in the lives of Americans and the contributions of employees and volunteers who work daily to maintain public parks across the nation.

“As a lifelong resident of rural Pennsylvania and an avid outdoorsman, I strongly support our nation’s parks and recreation facilities,” Rep. Thomson said. “Our parks provide countless recreational and educational opportunities for individuals and families to engage in the outdoors. This resolution simply recognizes and supports Park and Recreation Month and the many benefits that our parks provide to all Americans.”

“With Park and Recreation Month we encourage kids and families to get outside and enjoy the beautiful parks that play such an important role in our communities,” Rep. Tsongas said. “Our public spaces bring communities together, provide unique places to explore and learn about nature and help maintain our quality of life. I thank Rep. Thompson for his partnership in this effort and look forward to visiting some of the great parks in my district this summer.”

RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS

Park and recreation facilities generate opportunities for people to come together and experience a sense of community. They pay dividends to communities by attracting businesses and jobs and increasing housing values.

In the United States, public park operations and capital spending generates nearly $140 million in economic activity annually.

Ninety percent of people in the U.S. agree that public park recreation facilities and activities are important government services, a figure that displays a base of support that spans across all people in the country regardless of race, income, gender or political party affiliation.

Nearly 75 percent of Americans agree that it is an important to ensure all members of their community have equitable access to public park and recreation facilities.

The most economically sound communities are those with ample and healthy public park and recreation facilities and activities.

A key factor in business expansion and location decisions is the quality of life for employees with a premium placed on adequate and accessible public parks and open space.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS IMPACTS

Public parks and recreation facilities foster a variety of activities that contribute to a healthier society.

People who use public parks and open spaces are three times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than non-users.

Americans living within a 10-minute walk of a park have higher levels of physical activity and lower rates of obesity.

Recreation programs at public parks provide children with a safe place to play, access to healthy foods, opportunities to be physically active and enrichment facilities that help prevent at-risk behavior such a drug use and gang involvement.