NRPA PARK PULSE Parks Are Essential, Especially During a Health Crisis 83% of adults ﬁnd exercising at local parks, trails and open spaces essential to maintaining their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic. BIKING JOGGING WALKING HIKING 59% of respondents say it is very or extremely essential to exercise in parks and green spaces to relieve stress and remain healthy during this crisis. Numerous studies show there are physical and mental health beneﬁts to spending time in green spaces. Local parks, trails and open spaces have recently become even more of a respite from stress. In March 2020, NRPA released a joint statement about using parks and open spaces while maintaining physical distancing. To date, more than 1,000 groups nationwide have signed on to voice support of the safe use of parks during this crisis. Visit www.nrpa.org/Coronavirus for more information. Each month, through a poll of 1,000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted. The survey was conducted by Wakeﬁeld Research (www.wakeﬁeldresearch.com). Visit nrpa.org/ParkPulse for more information.