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Recreation and Leisure Activities Offer a List of Benefits that is Nearly Endless

The benefits related to recreation and leisure activities have been well documented by academic, medical and park professionals.  Benefits extend to all ages – young children, teens, adults, families and seniors.  Leisure time in and of itself is time free from obligation or work.  It is marked by the freedom to choose activities that are of interest and that promote feelings of enjoyment and well-being. 

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is intent on providing a variety of leisure and recreation activities which are close to home, low or no cost and accessible, that present opportunities for learning, leadership, skill development, exercise, pleasure and relaxation.

Personal Benefits:

  • Physical well-being
  • Lower stress levels
  • Reduced feelings of depression and isolation
  • Improved quality of life

Examples of activities that promote personal benefits:

  • Hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Sports
  • Gardening
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Travel
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Card Playing or Game Clubs
  • Volunteering

Community Benefits:

Recreation and leisure activities have numerous societal and community benefits that are not widely advertised but make a significant difference in Saint Paul neighborhoods and in communities across the country.  These activities foster human development and support education.  They increase cultural unity and encourage the development of relationships.  They provide support for environmental sustainability.

A work-oriented society will not find many opportunities for the growth of art, culture and sports.  Leisure provides chances for growth in these activities and ultimately promoting economic development.

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