Benefits of Recreation
Parks and recreation resources protect our environment, preserve wildlife habitat, strengthen local economies, attract new businesses, contribute to the local tax base, increase property values, and improve the physical and mental health of citizens of all ages.
Health and Wellness for ALL People of ALL Abilities.
Opportunities for active recreation are critical to an individual and a community’s health and wellness. We advocate for legislation that supports the growing role of public parks and recreation in improving individual and community health through the prevention of chronic disease, the rehabilitation of wounded service members, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.
Parks and outdoor recreation lands are the essential green infrastructure of our communities and nation. Parks and public recreation lands are carbon reducing landscapes that help clean our air and water, recharge aquifers, and reduce stormwater runoff. Through energy, climate change, and other legislative measures, we advocate for dedicated resources that will sustain, protect, restore, and expand these environmental assets.
Children and Nature.
The National Recreation and Parks Association regards improving children’s access to nature as a national policy priority. NRPA believes public parks and recreation are vital to the national effort to engage children in enjoying the outdoors, to provide safe, healthy ways to explore nature, and to enhance environmental education.
Parks and recreation agencies deliver essential public services and provide recreation opportunities for every community in America. NAIROBI advocates for federal investments that provide funding for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of parks and public lands as well as recreational infrastructure and resources.
Monthly Park Showcase
January: Fortunato Park
is a 2.6 acre riverfront park located just east of the Granada Bridge across from Rockefeller Gardens. The park offers scenic views of the Halifax River. The park is also home to the Ormond Hotel Cupola which is a historic landmark. Paved walking trails surround the grounds. The park is open from 6 am to 10 pm.