Parks Appreciation Day - April 22, 2017
We're celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun event. It will be the 16th Year of the Event.
It's gratifying to know you are part of a major county-wide effort with nearly 2,000 other people working in their local parks at the same time.
WHAT IS IT?
• Parks and recreation programs bring tremendous benefits to people of all ages and our community.
• They contribute to helping us live longer, better lives through active pursuits, new life skills, educational programs and safe activities.
• Great parks and programs also help build a stronger community, connecting individuals, families and groups through the power of play.
• Recreation programs and engaging, exciting facilities help keep kids active and off the streets. There are also benefits for the environment and the economy.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
• April 22, 2017
• 9 a.m. – noon
• University Place park - to be announced
• County-wide throughout Pierce County
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
• Wear warm, appropriate clothing, depending on the weather.
• Bring tools such as small hand tools, loppers, pruners, gloves, rakes, shovels, small pitch forks and even wheelbarrows (make sure and label them!).
• You are encouraged to carpool to the site you chose.
• Most of all bring your enthusiasm, smiles and be ready to burn some calories and have fun!
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING
• You can improve your community.
• You can help beautify your neighborhood park.
• You can get active and enhance your own health and well-being.
• You can help bring communities, businesses and neighborhoods together towards one common cause.
• You can increase family and children awareness of nature and their environment.
• You can make a difference, because together we can achieve more.
• An estimated 2,500 people volunteer throughout Pierce County
• Approximately 7,500 hours received enhancing parks
• An estimated $162,150 of equivalent value received
• Over 200 cubic yards of debris removed
• Over 150 bags of litter collected
• Over 15 yards of gravel spread
• Over 600 yards of mulch/chips spread
• Over 2,000 plants/trees/shrubs planted
If you’d like more information on how to volunteer and get involved in Parks Appreciation Day, call 253.460.6493.