Participation in regular physical activity depends in part on the availability and proximity of community facilities and conducive environments. Additional miles of convenient and accessible trails for biking, jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing are very much needed.
The National Recreation and Parks Association standard recommends 1 community swimming pool per 20,000 people within a service radius of 15 to 30 minutes travel time. Only 56 percent of municipal and county park and recreation departments provide one or more community swimming pools. The median number of pools per department is one. For small, medium, and large communities, the medians are 1, 2, and 4 pools, respectively. For departments providing pools, the nunmber of citizens per pool averages 29,850. Including areas served by departments that do not provide pools yields a national estimate of roughly 1 public pool per 53,000 people.
(source: Siedentop 1983)
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