California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 18


Introduced by Assembly Member Gordon

February 4, 2015


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 18—Relative to “Parks Make Life Better!” Month.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 18, as introduced, Gordon. Parks Make Life Better! Month.

This measure would recognize the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians and would declare the month of July 2015 as “Parks Make Life Better!” Month.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, A 2009 public opinion research study, conducted
2by the California Park and Recreation Society, revealed that 98
3percent of California’s households visit a local park and 50 percent
4of California households participate in an organized recreation
5program annually; and

6WHEREAS, California’s residents value their local parks and
7recreation services, as they provide access to the serenity and
8inspiration of nature, outdoor spaces, and places for play and
9exercise; facilities for directed and self-directed recreation;
10activities that facilitate social connections, human development,
11the arts, and lifelong learning; and positive alternatives for youth
12that help lower crime; and

13WHEREAS, The Outdoor Industry Association reports that
14outdoor recreation, both passive and active, generates more than
P2    1eighty-five billion dollars ($85,000,000,000) in economic activity
2in California, supporting nearly 800,000 jobs and representing a
3business and economic sector that surpasses the aerospace and
4insurance industries in the state; and

5WHEREAS, The 2010 California Obesity Prevention Plan states
6the following:

7(a) One in every nine California children, one in three teens,
8and over 50 percent of adults are already overweight or obese, and
9obesity affects virtually all age, income, educational, ethnic, and
10disability groups.

11(b) Research has shown that where people live, work, and play
12impacts obesity. For example, in Imperial County, 73 percent of
13adults are overweight or obese, while only 43 percent of San
14Francisco City and County adults are overweight or obese.

15(c) California’s costs attributable to physical inactivity, obesity,
16and excess body weight in 2006 were estimated at forty-one billion
17two hundred million dollars ($41,200,000,000). In contrast, a
185-percent improvement in each of these risk factors could result
19in an annual savings of nearly two billion four hundred million
20dollars ($2,400,000,000).

21(d) To address obesity, the state must ensure that all California
22residents have access to safe places to play and be active; and

23WHEREAS, California’s 10 Step Vision for a Healthy California
24is a call to action to transform the state so that all Californians can
25enjoy healthy eating and active living, resulting in all of the
26following:

27(a) Every day, every child will participate in physical activity.

28(b) California’s adults will be physically active every day.

29(c) Neighborhoods, communities, and buildings will support
30physical activity, including safe walking, stair climbing, and
31bicycling; and

32WHEREAS, The Governor, Legislature, and citizens have
33prioritized efforts to increase physical activity, access to nature,
34spaces for play and exercise, the arts, lifelong learning, and social
35connections among children and adults through the approval of
36statewide park bond programs; and

37WHEREAS, The California Park & Recreation Society promotes
38the positive personal and community benefits of parks, open space,
39trails, recreation facilities and programs, nature education, and
P3    1sports for able and disabled children, teens, adults, and seniors;
2and

3WHEREAS, Participation in physical activities can lower a
4citizen’s risk of developing chronic health problems, such as high
5blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, and also help
6children grow up to be healthier adults; and

7WHEREAS, The California Park & Recreation Society has
8released a statewide public awareness campaign, “Parks Make
9Life Better!” to inform citizens of the many benefits of utilizing
10parks, facilities, programs, and services; now, therefore, be it

11Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
12thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes the importance
13of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities such as
14swimming pools, skate parks, dog parks, tennis courts, nature
15centers, and museums, for the health and development of all
16Californians; and be it further

17Resolved, That the Legislature declares the month of July 2015
18as “Parks Make Life Better!” Month; and be it further

19Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
20of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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