Access to sports and recreation have been identified in a study in Australia as a priority for newly arrived young people and the settlement process. Eagan’s population now includes large numbers of Somali, Indian, and Pakistani communities. To strengthen engagement with these diverse communities, the Parks and Recreation Department created space for cricket and soccer matches. “We see a lot more demand for things like, wide open soccer fields or space for cricket,” reflects Mayor Maguire. Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and its benefits are multiple: improves fitness & health, teaches teamwork & cooperation, develops improved coordination, increases focus & attention, and boosts self-confidence & self-esteem. Efforts to increase the numbers of members from new immigrant groups who use the park system are also on-going and run parallel to diverse offerings.