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Benefits of Parks

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Benefits to Individuals
Parks offer opportunities to enrich the quality of life for persons of all ages and abilities.  Children who participate in the many after school programs through the City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks benefit from a safe and enriching environment.  Older adults who participate in a variety of social and recreational opportunities benefit from the social connections and interactions that are fundamental to their well-being.

Benefits to Communities
Parks and recreation programs offer a multitude of opportunities to engage in arts, music, and sports.  A park can be a symbol of vitality and character and add to the overall quality of life within a community.  Parks are more than places to recreate and relate to nature.  Strong, established parks are the focal point of communities.  They are places for social and cultural exchange.

Benefits to the Economy
Our parks can strengthen our economy.  Families build homes near parks and parks can increase property values.  Businesses move into cities after consideration of many factors including recreational opportunities and amenities that increase quality of life for their employees.

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Benefits to the Environment
Our environment can also benefit from our parks.  Trees and open space contribute to many of life’s essentials – making water clean and safe for drinking, cleaning the air and returning pure oxygen to the atmosphere, and providing habitat for wildlife.
Parks, through their natural environment keep us alive.  Their beauty inspires and renews us. Preserving and protecting our parks will help build and sustain a healthy, vibrant, growing community.