Benefits of Gaston County NC Parks

Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013
by MMiller

Gaston County North Carolina has created county parks for the betterment of their citizens and surrounding areas. Below are two important aspects noted in regards to the implementation of county parks:

Parks Give Health Benefits:

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enhanced access or the creation of places such as county parks used for physical activity leads to a 25.6% increase in the amount of individuals who exercise three or more days a week.

In addition, studies revealed that access to a place of exercise resulted in a 5.1% increase in aerobic activity, weight loss, reduction in body fat, an increase in energy and improvements in flexibility. Moreover, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, when the creation or enhancement of access to places used for physical activity is combined with informational outreach, an increase of 48.4% is noted in physical activity.

The aforementioned statistics show that implementing parks such as Bessemer City Park, George Poston Park and Dallas Park into the community will result in an increase in physical activity. This is an important aspect as studies also reveal that 27% of adults between the ages of 20 and 74 years of age, and 13% of children and adolescents are currently overweight.

In addition, only 25% of American adults currently participate in the recommended amount of physical activity, and only 27% of children in grades 9 through 12 participate in moderate-to-intense physical activity on a regular basis.

Parks Benefit the Community Socially:

Access to recreational facilities and public parks is closely related to the rate of crime, especially in regards to crimes involving juveniles. Recreational facilities offer a place for at risk youth to interact with their peers and pass the time of day thus taking them off the streets and out of trouble.

A recent study found that in Kansas City, a 25% reduction in juvenile crime was noted after the community began a midnight basketball program at a local community center. Also, in Fort Worth, Texas, a 28% reduction was noted in the areas within a one-mile radius from midnight basketball and community centers.

The above points highlight the importance of county parks in Gaston County, NC. The studies reveal why parks are not just an optional feature to a community that is okay to add if the funds are available. Instead, the aforementioned points reveal why parks should be a priority for all communities across America. Although parks are designed for recreation and beauty, their contributions to their host communities go far beyond physical enhancement and entertainment.

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