Recreation facility for youth and old people
Benefits of Parks and Recreation Facilities and Programs
It is assumed that higher quality recreation facilities promote physical activity and serve communities better. There is a link between the built environment and the physical, social, and economic health of a community.
we have been building vehicle-dependent environments that foster obesity, poor health, social isolation, high costs of infrastructure, and focus away from our downtown cores. Sprawling land use patterns have altered our travel behavior, lead to physical inactivity, and contributed to soaring costs for health care and investments in our transportation system
Social and Equity Benefits
Â· Parks and recreation facilities also provide social and equity benefits for community members.
Â· Public parks or recreation facilities provide equal access to all citizens regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or ability. Parks and recreation facilities can foster community pride, bring people together, create destination-oriented places, and connect people to each other and nature. â€œPocket parksâ€ are small outdoor spaces, often in urban areas, that provide active recreation opportunities for residents including children in underserved areas.
Â· Recreation facilites are accessible to everyone, allow people to engage in activities, they are comfortable, and sociable places.
Â· It affirms that physical activity is critical to good health, and parks provide a venue in which physical activity can occur.
Â· Regular physical activity can improve health and reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes. Exercise and active lifestyles can also provide psychological benefits, improve mental health, and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Â· Well-planned recreation facilties can serve as a catalyst for economic development, active transportation infrastructure can increase property values, foster job creation, and provide a foundation for place-based economic development.
Â· Parks can attract consumers to nearby downtown regions, spur the opening of local restaurants, and increase tourism.
Â· Park System that enumerates those benefits in terms of seven major factors property value, tourism, direct use, health, community cohesion, clean water, and clean air.
Â· Parks and recreation facilities promotes conservation and environmental sustainability. Parks facilities conserve natural resources, protect air and water quality, and preserve open space for current and future generations.
Â· Recreation facilities can involve the public in conservation efforts and increase awareness of environmental needs, maintains healthy ecosystems, and provides carbonâ€reducing sustainable landscapes.
How people react to changes in the built environment, like renovated physical activity facilities, depends on a variety of factors. Physical environments, such as recreation centers, operate within a social environment that is created by users interacting with individuals who manage the facilities and the rules and expectations that are established for their use. Good management also determines and/or approves which activities will be supported by or allowed in the facility.
The appeal of a physical environment may also change as people age (12, 13). Environments that are physically challenging and provide opportunities for competition may be more attractive to youth than to seniors who may be frail and avoid situations where they might fall or be injured.
Seniors may prefer more predictable environments that provide less vigorous activity; thus, physical features may be less important in attracting seniors to a recreation setting than social factors.