Colorado Parks and Recreation Association

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Creates Healthy Lifestyles

Preserves & Conserves Environmental Resources

Fosters Economic Vitality

Builds Community and Enhances Quality of Life


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Life is Better with Parks & Recreation

This is our message in Colorado! 

Whether you play youth sports, walk your dog in the park, work out at a recreation center, camp out or just enjoy being active in your neighborhood, parks and recreation organizations, both public and private are committed to adding value to your life!

We have put together validating data to help you convey information to boards, city councils, legislators or community members. 

Please share the information freely.  (Read the links on each of the pages to find the data most applicable to your issue or need.)

Click here to print your "Life is Better with Parks & Recreation" pamphlets.


Research Studies & Information that validate all 4 impact areas!

Impacting the Community - NRPA's Three Pillars by National Recration & Parks Association, 2013

The Benefits of Parks -  Why America needs more city parks and open space by the Trust for Public Land, 2006

The Health & Social Benefits of Recreation by California State Parks, 2005

The Public Value of Urban Parks by Chris Walker, Urban Institute, 2004

Save Your Park & Recreation Department Reference Material by NRPA


Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, Offers Vision for Conservation, Balanced Development, Youth Engagement.

Click here for the video statement.  Click here for the written statement

"For the health of our economy and our public lands, it’s critical that we work now to establish meaningful and deep connections between young people – from every background and every community – and the great outdoors."


This is a dynamic document.  We welcome additional information and research that substantiatesour message.  Please send links to

CPRA Office

Mailing Address:

POB 1037
Wheat Ridge, CO  80034
Fax:  303.237.9750

Physical Address:

Richards Hart Estate
5349 W 27th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO  80214
*All deliveries must be made to the north door at 28th & Benton St


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