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Re: “How to fix the city: We get our urban parks and green spaces all wrong.

Recreation Nova Scotia thanks The Coast for highlighting the importance of Parks (January 10, 2013). Recreation Nova Scotia is a provincial not-for profit organization with over 1000 members which advocates for quality recreation opportunities and spaces such as parks. Outdoor spaces are important settings for recreation opportunities for communities and people of all ages in that they are easy and free to use. In some instances, parks help to preserve natural habitats and landscapes.

Here are 7 reasons why public parks are vital for community well-being:

1) Health: parks provide Nova Scotians the opportunity to be physically active, reduce stress and enhance a sense of wellness
2) Economic: parks make communities livable and desirable for businesses and homeowners
3) Sustainable development: parks provide vital green space and reduce the effects of sprawl
4) Public good: parks preserve public lands for the benefit and use of all
5) Environment: parks provide critical wildlife habitat
6) Social: parks facilitate social interactions which maintain community cohesion and pride
7) Individual: parks provide enjoyable structured and unstructured activities for all ages

In sum, Recreation Nova Scotia believes Parks are vital for livable communities. We encourage innovative and sustainable parks-use and management which balance social, economic and environmental values. We also believe additional lands should be set aside as parks for future Nova Scotians. There was never a community criticised for having too much outdoor open-space; we know the opposite to be true.

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Posted by Recreation Nova Scotia on 01/17/2013 at 1:21 PM

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