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Hoover, Kathleen. 2009. "Expanding Lifestyle Amenities for Families: Parks and Recreation." Issue brief, Linking Economic Development and Child Care Project. Ithaca, NY: Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University.

Accessible recreational opportunities and environments are important for the development of family friendly communities. Parks are more than just places to enjoy leisure activity; they have been shown to enhance childhood development, improve neighborhood safety and public health, and foster local arts. Moreover, investments in parks and recreation may be easier to obtain than other "family friendly" initiatives, with local municipalities demonstrating a willingness to implement zoning changes for open green space.

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Subject: Child Care,Economic Development,Planning