BUFFALO GROVE – In honor of National Park and Recreation Month, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) is highlighting opportunities for outdoor fun at public parks and other natural spaces in the 30th District.

Parks“Over the past year and a half, many residents have felt cooped up in their homes,” Johnson said. “With more and more people getting vaccinated every day, the time is now to get outside and enjoy the beautiful parks our community has to offer.”

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks play an important role in maintaining quality of life in a community. Parks provide gathering places for members of a community to interact with each other, host public events and offer recreational programs.

Additionally, parks provide a public place where people can go to keep healthy and fit. A Penn State University study showed that the length of visits to parks has a connection with reductions in stress, lowered blood pressure, and perceived physical health.

Parks also provide an economic benefit to their communities. A review by Texas A&M University found that parks and open space raise nearby property values and increase revenue from tourism. Trees and other growth are also estimated to save cities money in environmental impacts and the effects of storms.

“Getting outside can be good for the mind and soul,” Johnson said. “As a longtime advocate for parks and rec, I’m excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month by supporting the state parks, public gardens and park districts that enrich our communities.”

Explore nearby public parks and outdoor events with the Lake County Summer Outdoor Guide.