IELTS Essay March 2022: Public Parks and Sports Facilities

When new towns are planned, it is important to build more public parks and sports facilities rather than shopping centers for people to spend their time in. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

I’ve posted questions related to public parks and sports facilities in the past as well. Here is a link:

Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required. Discuss both views and give your opinion.


Introduction: (Introduce the topic and state your opinion. MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion. Remember the core of the topic is “New towns – parks and sports VS shopping”.)

The construction of new cities involves various elements that are crucial for the overall development of its citizens. I believe, these elements should have greater emphasis on public parks and sports facilities than on shopping malls since the former are crucial for our health while the latter are meant for entertainment only.

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain GREATER emphasis on PUBLIC PARKS and SPORTS FACILITIES)

To live a fulfilling life, it is vital to exercise daily and take care of one’s health. Parks play an important role in this endeavour by providing space for jogging, brisk walking, yoga, open-air gyms and aerobics. (Note a very specific response with examples) This is impossible to achieve in shopping complexes (Note the use of connectors to create complex sentences) which are designed for comfort and shopping only. Also, (Connectors to create cohesion) given the scarcity of land in urban areas, there is a tough competition between use of land for parks and sports complexes and shopping malls. Already, in cities like New York and New Delhi, there are very few spaces for healthy recreation. If vacant spaces are allocated to shopping complexes, the health of people will suffer.

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain GREATER emphasis on PUBLIC PARKS and SPORTS FACILITIES)

Moreover, only sports facilities can prepare players to win international medals for their countries. Stadiums like Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi and PCA in Mohali have prepared numerous cricketers for India. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose sports centre in Patiala has played an instrumental role in shaping athletes of international repute. Such feats are impossible to achieve if vacant spaces are allocated for shopping complexes.

Body Paragraph 3: (Explain LESSER emphasis on SHOPPING COMPLEXES)

However, developing only sports centres and parks will make a city bland and will devoid it of commercial activities that are possible only in shopping centres. People need places buy computers, food, clothes, shoes, and other items to lead a comfortable life. The sale and purchase of these items also sustain the economy of a region which is not possible through parks.


In nut shell, we need to dedicate places for both sports and shopping. However, urban planners should carefully allocate land resources to these activities so that a society can live both prosperous and healthy life.

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