Rationale - what it means and why it is an important measure
This indicator is important for measuring accessibility of and opportunities for leisure, participation and recreation. Public libraries and community centers foster personal and community development by making learning, knowledge, health and fitness accessible to all. They also promote efficient use of resources by allowing shared use among large numbers of people.
How it is compiled, what data are needed
Annual Library circulation and community center visits per capita
Measurements and units
Community center visits per capita (Yearly community center visits per capita) Library circulation per capita (Yearly books per capita)
Possible temporal and spatial format
graphs, trend charts, pie charts
Reference to methodology resources
Sustainable Seattle, 1998. Indicators of Sustainable Community. http://www.scn.org/sustainable/susthome.html
Local Government Management Board, 1994. The Sustainability Indicators Research Project: Indicators for Local Agenda 21 - A Summary. United Kingdom.
Pierce County, 1998. http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/services/family/benchmrk/qol.htm
To increase opportunities for culture and recreation.