A vast range of recreational facilities have been created during the last 200 years, as leisure time has gradually increased. They include race-courses and sports grounds, camping and caravanning sites, public parks, council allotments and marinas, visitor centres and historic sites open to the public. HLA data records more extensive areas separately, such as golf courses and ski centres.
With an increasing urban population, land used for recreation is increasingly being redeveloped, for housing and other uses.
The park, paths and avenues of trees at Glasgow Green are a common feature of 19th century recreation areas created for people living in Scotland's cities. They are readily visible on historical and recent OS maps as well as aerial photographs, while some other types of facility are more easily identified through local authority and tourist websites.