Kettering’s Three Pillars Fast Facts

Our nation’s local parks and recreation agencies are the gateways to healthy, prosperous and connected communities. On any given day, someone is being positively affected through Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts – whether they are taking a walk on a trail at Pondview Park or a fitness class at the Kettering Recreation Complex, getting a nutritious meal at the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center or just reaping the benefits of clean air and water because of preserved open space.

The work of local parks and recreation takes on some of our nation’s toughest challenges like obesity, the economy and environmental sustainability and offers solutions. Local parks and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to make significant contributions in these areas, and do by providing critical front-line services and resources.

Conservation—Parks are critical in the role of preserving natural resources that have real economic benefits for communities. We strive to protect open space, connect children to nature, and provide education and programming that helps communities engage in conservation practices.

Health and Wellness— Parks and recreation agencies lead the nation in improving the overall health and wellness of communities. We work to combat some of the most complicated and expensive challenges our community faces –poor nutrition, hunger, obesity, and physical inactivity.

Social Equity—Universal access to public parks and recreation are a right, not just a privilege. Every day we work hard to ensure that all members of our community – regardless of their physical, intellectual and financial abilities – have access to Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts events, programs and facilities.

But we’ve got to start telling that story. Watch our slide show and see how we are leaders in conservation, health and wellness and social equity!

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Watch as we highlight our legacy and how Kettering is addressing the three pillars of conservation, social equity and health and wellness.