The National Playground: growing the next generation (PDF) highlights that parents with children under 10 are most concerned about the impact of budget cuts on local parks, with seven out of 10 worried about the prospect of cuts. In this parent group, eight out of 10 visited parks once a month, the highest number of any park users.
In an average month, half of all children in England visit local urban parks and three out of four visit the natural environment with an adult from their own household - usually to play. Park visits accounted for an estimated 827m visits taken to the natural environment in England 2014/15.
Mark Camley, chairman of The Parks Alliance, said: "Public parks have provided generations of young people with safe space to play and enjoy themselves. Parks and green spaces enable families to spend quality time together, and help with physical and mental health.
"The case for maintaining parks is clear but their future is under threat. Since 2010, 86 per cent of parks managers' report cuts to revenue budgets. The Park's Alliance is concerned about the risk of closures, sell-offs and a drop in the quality of our green spaces and calls for a public inquiry in to how parks are funded."