Open space is an area of land that is not developed. Open space includes working landscapes, such as forestlands, farms, parks, greenways, trails, urban green spaces, historic areas, natural areas, scenic overlooks and wetlands. By advocating and protecting open space we are maintaining our quality of life for present and future generations.
Benefits of Open Space:
Parks and open space create a high quality of life that attracts tax-paying businesses and residents to communities. Open space and trails raise property value.
Urban parks, gardens, and recreational open space stimulate commercial growth and promote inner-city revitalization.
Open space boosts local economies by attracting tourists and supporting outdoor recreation.
Prevent Flood Damage
Floodplain protection offers a cost-effective alternative to expensive flood-control measures.
Protect Farms and Ranches
Protecting agricultural lands safeguards the future of farming economies and communities.
Promote Sustainable Development
Open space preservation helps communities prevent the higher costs of unplanned development.
Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Nearly half of Americans get less than the recommended minimum amount of physical activity. Open space and parks play a critical role in helping residents and visitors get outside and become active.
Safeguard the Environment
Open space conservation is often the cheapest way to safeguard drinking water, clean the air, and achieve other environmental goals.
Source: Lerner, Steve and William Poole. The Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space. San Francisco: The Trust for Public Land, 1999.