Bristol’s Parks – Vibrant, Alive and Well Worth It

June 7, 2017

It is widely accepted that parks and recreation departments play an important role in promoting health and connecting communities. Thousands of diverse individuals benefit personally from local parks and recreation departments through the use of recreation programs, camps, open spaces for practices, games and events, or just to enjoy nature.

Beyond these critical contributions, parks and recreation departments are a source of significant economic activity and often a critical representation of a city’s economic status. The quality of parks and recreation is cited as one of the top three reasons that businesses cite in relocation decisions in a number of studies[i]. In 2013, the National Recreation and Parks Association conducted a study on the direct, indirect and induced effects of parks and recreation spending on local economic activity which included spending on capital improvement projects, equipment, utilities, goods and services. In the state of Connecticut, local parks and recreation departments were responsible 1.1 billion dollars in economic activity and 417 million dollars in labor income.[ii]

Bristol’s own thriving parks and recreation department contributes significantly to the economic development of the City. The capital improvement projects such as the recent 2.8 million Muzzy Field renovation project that involved local business for everything from brick and mortar, to electrical and plumbing. In recent years, Bristol Parks and Recreation Department also contracted other local business for improvement on Memorial Boulevard as well as a number of other park renovations. Parks and Recreation also supports small local business on a regular basis for supplies and contract services.

The parks and recreation department also employs over 120 part-time and seasonal employees offering many teenagers and college students their first introduction to the workforce. Bristol’s Parks and Recreation Department is a shining example of how investing in public parks and community programs is an investment in a bright future.

Jess Petroka is the Recreation Coordinator with the City of Bristol’s Parks and Recreation Department.

[1] National Recreation & Parks Association. (2010, January).  Why Parks and Recreation are Essential Public Services https://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Advocacy/Resources/Parks-Recreation-Essential-Public-Services-January-2010.pdf

[1]National Recreation & Parks Association. (2015). The Economic Impact of Local Parks.  http://www.nrpa.org/publications-research/research-papers/the-economic-impact-of-local-parks/

 

This Week In Bristol

Events for week of August 21, 2017

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Mon 21st

Solar Eclipse Event: LIBRARY-WIDE

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Manross Memorial Library

Pooch Plunge

August 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rockwell Park Pool
Tue 22nd
Wed 23rd

Bats Are Good Guys

August 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Magnificent Monarchs

August 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sessions Woods
Thu 24th

Dog Days of Summer

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Crocodile Club 2017!

August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lake Compounce
Fri 25th

Once Upon A Farm

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

MumFest Mural & Painting Event at T-Salon Cafe

August 25 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
T-Salon Cafe House
Sat 26th

Bristol Farmer's Market

August 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Patch

Geology Walk

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center
Sun 27th

Cars and Coffee Swap Meet

August 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
NAPA Auto Parts

125th Anniversary Celebration - Immanuel "God With Us" The Journey Continues 1892-2017

August 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
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