Recreation and Community Resilience


Parks, trails, and outdoor recreation spaces are essential components of strong and vibrant communities. They provide respite from stress, a setting for exercise, and an opportunity to breathe fresh air. In an effort to ensure that all New Brunswickers have access to these benefits, local recreation and parks agencies have been working under the guidance of public health officials to keep neighbourhood parks, trails, and other outdoor recreation assets safe and open wherever possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our sector, Recreation NB developed a study. An online survey was completed by 162 New Brunswickers throughout the month of June 2020. The data collected broadens our understanding of how citizens have been engaging with their local public outdoor recreation assets and if this engagement has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explored the pandemic's impact on other recreational pursuits, safety perceptions, and citizen support for recreation and parks.