NRPA Myths and Facts About Parks
Myth: There is a park within walking distance of everyone’s home.
Fact: Unfortunately, many children play on the streets because they have nowhere else to play.
Myth: Parks don’t affect health.
Fact: From community gardens to feeding programs to places to recreate, studies show that people who have easy access to parks are healthier.
Myth: Parks are funded solely by my taxes; they don’t need my financial help.
Fact: Park funding is being slashed across the country, forcing parks to shut down or forgo maintenance. Contact your park and recreation agency to see how you can help locally.
Myth: Parks don’t need maintenance–they’re just trails and grass.
Fact: Maintenance of the park systems requires rangers and maintenance staff to cut grass, haul trash, clean up after storms, and perform safety inspections.
Myth: Parks and recreation don’t play a role in conservation.
Fact: Most park systems develop no more than 30 percent of their land; the rest is permanently open space helping to preserve valuable natural resources.