The availability of parks and recreational programs has significant public health benefits, including increased physical activity, reduced obesity, mitigated chronic disease, crime and violence prevention, improved mental health, and social interaction. Children, families, teens, and seniors are among the thousands of visitors who enjoy the safe environment and free or low-cost activities offered at parks.
• Californians demonstrate that parks and recreation are essential to their lives
o 98% of respondents report having visited a local park during the past year
o 42% of respondents visited a park at least several days a week
o 26% visited a park at least once a week
o 68% visited a park at least monthly
• Half (50%) of California households reported that someone in their household participated in a structured recreation program at least once in the past year
o 38% of respondents attended a sports program for children or teens
o 29% attended a youth class, camp or instructional program
o 28% went to an adult art or fitness program; attended a lecture, class or other activity
Celebrate Parks Make Life Better Month! Check with your local agency on programs, activities, and outdoor recreation throughout the month of July.