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How Does San Antonio Benefit From Investing In Parks And Open Spaces?

Thomas Cummins http://bit.ly/2q7Qe16
Brackenridge Park bridge

In less than 20 years, San Antonio has more than tripled its acreage of park land, from 7,565 acres  in 1999 to 29,692 in 2017. 

Parks are considered to be "essential public services." They serve the community in many ways, from promoting public health and community engagement to providing environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits.

Access to and involvement in neighborhood parks have been strongly linked to safer neighborhoods, reductions in crime, juvenile delinquency and vandalism. 

The City's proposed Parks and Recreation budget for fiscal year 2018 is $100.4 million – $1.8 million more than last year – and will also apply an "equity lens" for distribution of funds, in keeping with the city's goals to allocate more resources to areas with more need. 

And earlier this year, San Antonio voters said "yes" to a 2017 bond package that includes $79,125,293 for Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Athletic Improvements

How does a city benefit economically and socially from investment in its parks? How are parks evolving to incorporate newer technologies and better accommodate the needs of all individuals? 

What new projects and improvements are in the works for San Antonio parks?


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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.