Parks improve mental and physical health.
The 2014 survey, Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, found “higher levels of neighborhood green space were associated with significantly lower levels of symptomology for depression, anxiety and stress.”
May 2010 Report to the President from the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity states: “Children’s level of physical activity has been shown to increase when they participate in environmental education programs that promote outdoor activity” and “children of all ages are healthier, happier and have better social skills if they have frequent opportunities for free and unstructured play outdoors.”
Parks improve the economy.
A new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association , in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, demonstrates the profound effect of local parks and recreational agencies’ capital spending and operations.
Labor Income: $707,964,426
Employment (jobs): 16,354
Economic Activity Per Capita: $298.57
Economic Activity (Transactions): $1,793,329,251
Parks improve the environment.
The U.S. Forest Service calculated over the course of one year, “an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.” The North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tree Facts webpage states a”tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.” Our park system actively manages more than 29,000 natural acres for environmental preservation, contributing greatly to this county’s environmental health.
Did you know that wherever you are in Montgomery County, you are never more than 2 miles away from a park?
Montgomery Parks’ mission is to protect and interpret our valuable natural and cultural resources; balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation; offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles; and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.
Park System Highlights
Total number of parks: 421
Total acres of parkland: 36,895
Total developed acreage: 7,189
Open and environmental preservation acreage: 29,706
Green Tree Report
The Green Tree Report is a factsheet that outlines Montgomery Parks’ mission and system highlights.
Park Fund, Adopted Operating Budget FY2018 $101.4 million
Capital Improvements Program FY2017-2022 $39.52 million for acquisition
Capital Improvements Program FY2017-2022 $144.64 million for development
To learn more about Montgomery Parks, visit https://www.MontgomeryParks.org