Valuing Arlington’s Community Parks and Open Spaces

Historical and contemporary data support the notion that parks and open space play a central role in shaping our community in bringing people together, in offering recreational opportunities for our citizens, in providing critical environmental services and in contributing to our quality of life. The Park and Recreation Commission seeks ways to quantify that information to inform the larger land use issues in the County and to ensure a fair consideration of the value of our parks, open space and recreation facilities. This paper shares the results of a research study and analysis on the myriad benefits of parks and open space in Arlington.

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