In 2016, major U.S. cities spent a collective $6.9 billion on parks and recreation - all of which was footed by the taxpayers. WalletHub staffer Richie Bernardo takes a look at the site's list of the best and worst cities for parks and recreation.
Bernardo points out the benefits that come via the money spent on parks and recreation, including that close proximity to a park increases a home’s value by 5% in Washington. He also explains that there is more to parks and recreation than facilities and exercise:
Recreation includes a wide range of leisure-time activities with varying levels of physical exertion required, which is why this study also incorporates the perspective of folks whose favorite pastime may be exploring museums, going to concerts or even attending food festivals, all of which contribute to a city’s overall well being.