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 February 19, 2018

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Mon 19th

February Paradise Escape Camp

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stafford Elementary School

Creative Arts Camp, February @ the NECM

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The New England Carousel Museum
Tue 20th

Morning Jolt - Presented by PYVOT & the Central CT Chamber of Commerce

February 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
DoubleTree by Hilton

February Paradise Escape Camp

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stafford Elementary School
Wed 21st

Book Bites: The Underground Railroad

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bristol Public Library
Thu 22nd

February Social: Tea for You on 2/22!

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Manross Memorial Library
Fri 23rd

Playful Learners Playgroup at Imagine Nation

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Salsa Vs Bachata Social

February 23 @ 8:00 pm - February 24 @ 2:00 am
T Salon Cafe House
Sat 24th

Salsa Vs Bachata Social

February 23 @ 8:00 pm - February 24 @ 2:00 am
T Salon Cafe House

8th Annual Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

February 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Rock Nature Preserve
Sun 25th

Support Pushups For Patriots

February 24 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 am
Bristol Central High School

Sunday Movie: Goodbye Christopher Robin

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bristol Public Library
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