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Why Do We Measure the Cost of Lost Leisure Time?
A major component of any community's well-being is the amount of free time of its residents. Whether enjoying walks in a park, spending quality time with loved ones, exercising and recreating, or doing nothing more than sitting quietly, we all need leisure time. The challenge is that we are losing those precious moments as our daily lives take up more and more of our time.
Data supports what we already feel, that leisure time has steadily decreased per capita over the years. Interestingly, what we do for leisure has shifted, and some things that used to be leisure (like computing) is now for many considered a responsibility.
by Governor O'Malley
Opportunities to Get Outside
Governor OMalley has fought to protect more than five times more acres of open space compared to the prior administration (more than 25,000 acres from 2007 - 2009), ensuring that our watershed and the wildlife it supports will be here for our enjoyment and for our children and future generations.
Safe to Stay Outside
Last year, 66 fewer Marylanders lost their lives to homicides, that represents the 2nd largest reduction in homicides in nearly a quarter century meaning safer streets and neighborhoods for families to enjoy.