City parks play an important role in any urban community. They’re where families and friends meet for barbecues, sports teams meet up for practice, and communities hold local events. A good city park does more than just offer a place for the community to come together. These green spaces provide the space for ecosystems to flourish in the midst of all the pavement and concrete. It’s important to conserve our city parks, for the health and happiness of the community and nature. Below, Ranger Mac will take a closer look at some of the benefits that a good city park has to offer!
City Park Community Benefits
Studies show that city parks bring physical, emotional, economical, and overall health benefits to the surrounding people. They also strengthen communities and make cities more attractive places to live and work. Here are some of the advantages of city parks:
- City parks help the housing market of a community. Homebuyers often prefer to buy homes close to parks and green spaces.
- Green space is very important for our mental health. Studies have shown that getting out and experiencing nature on a regular basis helps combat depression and rejuvenate the mind and body.
- Parks can also help our physical health by providing the space to play sports, hike, and stay active in countless other ways.
- Parks attract tourists. This in turn brings more business to surrounding hotels, shops, attractions, and restaurants. More green space in a city also brings more conventions and other events to town.
- Parks can be used to hold local events, concerts, festivals, and some athletic events. These events draw lots of people in and provide more cash flow for the city.
City Park Environmental Benefits
City parks also provide environmental benefits to the area:
- Green spaces in urban areas provide substantial help to the local ecosystem. It’s estimated that over a 50-year timespan, one tree will generate an estimated $32,000 worth of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,000 worth of water, and control $31,000 worth of soil erosion.
- Green space allows natural ecosystems to survive within city limits. This is increasingly important as our residential, agricultural, and industrial developments spread across the landscape.
- Trees that are in city parks store a lot of water, meaning that less water will flow into a city’s storm drain system. As a result, if more trees are planted in an area, there’s less of a need to expand a city’s storm water management system. It costs less to plant trees than it does to expand a city’s water system, and the trees provide other benefits, such as keeping the air clean in the community.
While a chunk of green space may appear to just be a large piece of land going unused, city parks provide many benefits for locals and tourists. They also benefit the environment in several ways. They strengthen a community by improving mental health, cleaning up the air, and providing space to use for relaxing, sports, and other events. Next time you’re out and about in your town, take the time to slow down and look for those green spaces. You’ll be surprised at how many you can find, and how much they have to offer.
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