Tuhey Pool Why are parks important?
The City of Muncie’s most recent Five Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan described the many benefits of public parks and the Delaware County website also includes additional information on the health and economic benefits of parks.

Quality of Life Benefits
Economic Benefits
Environmental Benefits

According to the 2012 U.S. Census population estimates, Muncie is the 9th largest second class city in Indiana. Muncie spends less on its park system and employs one of the lowest amounts of full time employees than all other second class cities benchmarked. While Muncie provides an average number of parks, the amount of acres dedicated to parkland in the City is the least amount offered per resident.

Overall, the total number of “close to home” recreational space (community, neighborhood, and mini park facilities) available to Muncie residents is about 3.4 acres per 1000 persons, which is well below the National Recreation and Park Association’s recommended level of service of 6.25-10.5 acres per 1000 persons. This is primarily due to a lack of community park space.

Why would the City of Muncie want to reduce its parkland further by turning it over to a private developer?

Historic Photos from gallery

Local Resources
2014-2018 Muncie Five Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan. (Apr. 2014)

Molter, Molly. Why Delaware County Needs More Parks, Open Spaces, Trails, Street Trees, & Natural Areas. (May 2007)

Muncie-Delaware County Comprehensive Plan. (2000)

Parks, Open Space, Trails, Greenways and Recreational amenities.

Other Resources
Economic Research Associates. Real Estate Impact Review of Parks and Recreation. (Mar. 2005)
Gies, Erica. The Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space. (2009)
Harnik, Peter and Welle, Ben. Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park System. (2009)

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