Benefits of Having Parks and Recreational Centers

Individual and family benefits identified by users of local parks and recreation services:
  • Personal - 42%
  • Social - 38%
  • Facility/Activity - 12%
  • Environmental - 6%
  • Economic - 2%

Benefits to Youth - Opportunities for:

  • Increasing self esteem through the development of aquatic skills.
  • Developing healthy lifestyles.
  • Participation in competitive aquatic programs that help youth set high expectations for achievement.
  • Hours and hours of constructive use of time for youth of all ages.
  • Employment options for local teens.
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Physical Benefits

  • Improves posture, flexibility, muscular endurance, strength and balance.
  • Stimulates circulation.
  • Creates muscle tone.
  • Promotes proper breathing.
  • Rehabilitates under-used or healing muscles (aquatic therapy).
  • Improves one's ability to control and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Helps to combat the aging process.
  • Workouts can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual.
  • Its low impact...the water makes the body almost weightless, greatly diminishing the impact on joints.
  • Great cardiovascular workout (swimming has a calorie-burning potential of 350-420 calories per hour).
  • Uses almost all the major muscle groups, and places a vigorous demand on your heart and lungs.
  • For some disabled and elderly persons gives a sense of freedom as they can freely move around in the water and be upright in a standing position