CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 288 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 288 was introduced on March 26, 2009, by Rep. John Barrow (D-GA).
H.Res. 288 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the great societal value of parks and recreation facilities and their importance in local communities across the United States;
• "Recognizes and honors the vital contributions of employees and volunteers in park and recreation facilities; and
• "Supports the designation of a "National Park and Recreation Month."
According to the resolution's findings, parks and recreation foster active and healthy communities. The majority of older adults who visit parks report moderate or high levels of physical activity during their visit and 50 percent of older adults who participated in light to moderate aerobic park activity report being in a better mood after visiting parks. More than 75 percent of Americans use park and recreation facilities to maintain fitness and to remain socially interactive.