“Where Do You Release Your Endorphins?”

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Lakeville is a moderate sized suburban community that consists of people of all ages and multiple levels of social class. The city tries to provide its residents with a safe, well-rounded, and positive environment. They have succeeded in establishing places for people to gather, interact, and become healthy through their parks and other recreational facilities. Two popular locations are North Park and Life Time Fitness.

The city of Lakeville strives to create a vibrant community through people, parks, and programs. Public spaces such as parks provide tremendous community assets, serving not only as a place to relax, relate to nature and recreate, but to also play an important role in building community by creating places for social exchange. From providing spaces for team sports to play areas for children, and safe areas for walking, jogging and cycling; to community places for cultural activities, such as art and community events; or for simply socializing with friends; parks enhance our quality of life. Lakeville’s Park Maintenance Department provides high quality, safe and well-maintained public parks and open space of over 1,400 acres, 100 miles of pedestrian and bike trails, playgrounds and athletic facilities catering to all ages. On the city of Lakeville’s website it states: “The Lakeville Parks & Recreation Department will strive to administer safe, proficient means of managing park areas and provide diverse recreation opportunities in order to enhance the quality of life for Lakeville residents.”

Across the country, communities are recognizing that by conserving land for new parks and green spaces they are building healthier communities and economies. A well-planned and maintained park system, with recreational fields...

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...ize the most up to date athletic equipment. Having membership at Life Time separates you from the rest of the community who don’t have the privilege of exercising there. It is viewed as attaining an improved status in Lakeville. Even your membership card is available in three colored echelons.

Both Life Time Fitness and North Park maintain a very positive atmosphere. They are places people can improve their physical and psychological health through exercise. Also, residents can gather together with their neighbors or folks from surrounding communities. Both facilities promote family interaction. They provide opportunities to diffuse negative energy and endorphins through individual or collective activities. The main objective for each place is to improve the overall well-being of the community. Unfortunately, not all Lakeville residents will have equal access.

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