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Public parks and recreational areas have a number of environmental, health, social and economic benefits. In areas where parks and recreational opportunities exist, a Texas A&M University study found that property values are higher than those without such opportunities. A Center for Human Development study in Chicago showed engagement in the park system and other recreational activities reduced petty crimes and vandalism in the city. Research by the Center for Disease Control found that secondary spaces such as parks can improve public health, as they provide space for the surrounding population to be active and outdoors. Residents living near public parks are reported to exercise more than those who do not. In terms of environmental benefits, American Forests, a conservation organization, projects that trees in metropolitan areas can save cities $400 billion in storm water retention costs. Parks and other protected areas are also shown to improve water and air quality.1 Show References
1 https://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Advocacy/Resources/Parks-Recreation-Essential-Public-Services-January-2010.pdf
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