Park and recreation professionals work with residents of all ages. More than 75 percent of all agencies offer programming directed towards older adults. These diverse offerings provide opportunities for movement, social networking, community outreach, learning and much more.

More than nine in 10 U.S. adults support and look to their parks and recreation for older adults’ activities. Outdoor activities, such as visiting a park or gardening, and physical activities, like working out or dancing, top the list of preferred offerings.

Key Findings:

  • Ninety-two percent of U.S. adults look to their parks and recreation to provide activities and opportunities to older adults in their community
  • Top activities cited by baby boomers include: outdoor activities (e.g., visiting a park, gardening), physical activities (e.g., working out, dancing), indoor activities (e.g., games, art classes, concerts) and educational opportunities (e.g., classes, workshops)
  • Seventy-seven percent of park and recreation agencies provide programs specifically for older adults

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