Parks Appreciation Day
In parks throughout Pierce County, we'll trim limbs, groom grounds, comb beaches and plant more flowers and trees!
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We're celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Parks Week and your local parks in one fun 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.
- April 26, 2014 will be the 13th Year of the Event
- 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.
METRO PARKS TACOMA ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- An estimated 1,000 people volunteer
- Approximately 3,000 hours received enhancing parks yearly
- An estimated $64,860 of equivalent value received yearly
- 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