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Recreation and the Quality of Life in Saskatchewan Survey

Key Message

Personal and community benefits of parks and recreation are leading factors by which people in Saskatchewan measure and assess their happiness and quality of life.

Source

Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. (2016). Recreation and the Quality of Life in Saskatchewan: Detailed Report. Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association: Regina, SK. 114 pp.

Purpose

To study the impact of recreation environments (parks, paths, trails, playgrounds, facilities, etc.) and programs on quality of life for Saskatchewan individuals and communities.

Evidence

Recreation is important to quality of life in Saskatchewan. In this study, the impact of recreation environments (parks, paths, trails, playgrounds, facilities, etc.) and programs on quality of life for Saskatchewan individuals and communities is surveyed.  917 adults from across the province were asked to rate various statements on a 5-point scale or answer various demographic questions such as age or income. Overall, it was found that respondents feel that people in Saskatchewan have a very good quality of life and that recreation plays an important role in maintaining quality of life.  Outdoor parks, playgrounds, and paths, indoor recreation facilities and organized recreation programs are rated widely available, valuable and of good quality.  The benefits to the individual and the community are known and valued, in particular benefits to health and connecting to nature.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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