Tuesday, July 11, 2006

"The Benefits Are Endless!" City of Fairfield website

The Benefits Are Endless!
The Benefits Are Endless...

What is a benefit?

According to the American College Dictionary, a benefit is anything that is for the good of a person or a thing.

So, what's in it for me?

"Don't tell me how good you make it; tell me how good it makes me feel when I use it." -- Leo Burnett

The benefits can be a walk in the woods for a weary adult. It can be the sense of exhilaration for the child who hits the ball with a bat for the very first time. It can be the positve feeling of exhaustion that volunteers feel at the end of the day. Or it might be that intangible sense of connection people feel when gathered with others to enjoy a fireworks display.

We can relax and enjoy the beauty of a sunset in the park. We can watch a musical performance and spend time with family or friends at the theater. We can experience new activities like fencing or a pilates class. There is almost a limitless number of benefits we receive because of parks, open spaces and recreation.

What are the Benefits of Parks and Recreation

The benefits of parks and recreation have been organized into four major categories: Individual, Community, Economic and Environmental. Within each category are specific benefits, that highlight some of the ways parks and recreation work for you, your neighbors, your family and your community! In the navigation bar to the right, you'll find a listing of the four categories and within each category are specific benefits, which are substantiated by facts, field studies, testimonials and research findings and specific benefits.

Everyone Benefits

Everyone in the world has somehow benefited from park and recreation programs at some time in their lives either directly or indirectly. The time has come to make the connection between past experiences and today’s success, yesterday’s activities, and tomorrow’s physical and mental wellness, and today’s taxpayer support and safe communities for our children and grandchildren! So, whether you are an avid participant or occasional observer, enjoy the benefits. It’s everyone’s right.

Beyond "Fun and Games".

Often people need to be reminded of how vital parks and recreation are to the quality of their lives. While fun, happiness, and play are vital to growth and development, the expanded role of public parks and recreation is more critical than ever. Whether we know it or not, programs, services, events, and opportunities offered by local, state, and national park and recreation agencies positively impact our lives and the society as a whole.


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