Parks and Recreation Boosting Local Economic Growth
What do park and recreation agencies, community health, and economic development all have in common? Everything—according to park and recreation staff in Montgomery, Alabama; Jackson, Tennessee; and Greenville, South Carolina. Park and recreation agencies have always sought to improve health, providing access to exercise facilities; parks and trails for sports, running, biking, and walking; and pools for swimming. But many of these amenities are only used by a health-conscious minority of citizens. As the obesity epidemic hits more and more communities, park and recreation agencies have become a relevant partner in community-based health initiatives throughout the country, wor....
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