Parks and Recreation Benefits Everyone
NDRPA believes public investment in parks and recreation is necessary to achieve positive economic, health, environmental and social/community benefits for all North Dakotans. Parks and recreation are essential public services and a valuable part of community infrastructure.
The total annual economic contribution for city park districts and state parks in North Dakota is estimated at more than $802 million.
Parks, open space, trails, greenways, water, recreation facilities, programs and services provide documented benefits: economic, health, environmental and social/community.
- Attracts businesses and workforce
- Creates employment opportunities
- Attracts visitors
- Increases property values
- Purifies the air and water
- Manages stormwater
- Provides habitat for animals, fish and birds
- Connects children and adults with nature
- Improves physical, mental and social wellbeing
- Reduces health care costs
- Provides alternative and active transportation opportunities
- Creates community image and sense of place
- Increases social connections and learning
- Offers safe, affordable and accessible spaces
NDRPA advocates for public policies that advance its mission. Download our 2019 NDRPA Legislative Platform.