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3.03 Leisure activities and parks enhance perceived/actual quality of life and place for individuals, families, and communities. (recreation, sport, arts, culture, parks and greenspace)

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  2. Social Impacts of Culture and Sport
    2015 - England

      The review concludes that existing evidence demonstrates a diverse range of social benefits are derived from engagement with sport and culture, both for society generally and when used within...

  3. Co-benefits of Designing Communities for Active Living
    2015 - USA

    Designing communities that support physical activity is likely to produce a wide variety of additional benefits, ranging from mental health to environmental sustainability and economics.

  4. Sport is Community
    2015 - Canada

    Urban Aboriginal youth and adults in Edmonton consider sport as one of the five defining factors of their community. 

  5. Blue Sky Green Space
    2011 - England

    The benefits of green space provide a very cost effective means of promoting health and well-being, as well as a mechanism for increasing community and citizen involvement in volunteering.

  6. The Social Benefits of Sport
    2013 - Scotland

    Sport improves physical and mental health and reduces health care costs. It also reduces anti-social behaviour.

  7. The value of arts and culture to people and society: An evidence review
    2014 - England

    The arts and culture sector provides economic, social, health and wellbeing, and education benefits to society.

  8. Neighborhood Park Use by Children: Use of Accelerometry and Global Positioning Systems
    2014 - USA

    Children’s use of neighborhood parks increased substantially when parks were closer to their homes and had greater vegetation density.

  9. So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library System on the City of Toronto
    2013 - Canada

    The Toronto Public Library services deliver a strong return on investment, enhancing Toronto’s overall quality of life.

  10. The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada
    2013 - Canada

    A broad range of public benefits are associated with performing arts presentation, including better health and well-being, greater energy and vitality in communities, and a more caring and cohesive...

  11. The Influence of Physical Activity in the Relation Between Neighborhood Safety and Depressive Sympto
    2012 - USA

    Among children who didn’t participate in any physical activity, children who lived in unsafe neighborhoods were more likely to be depressed than those who lived in safer areas.

  12. A question of value: What do trees and forests mean to people in Vermont?
    2006 - USA

    Forests are important to quality of life which, in some cases, can outweigh monetary considerations.

  13. Creating sense of community: The role of public space
    2012 - Australia

    High quality public space can enhance the sense of community in new neighbourhoods.

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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