Metro Parks Tacoma

Parks Appreciation Day

PAD_LARGE-no-buttonApril 26, 2014,  9 am to Noon

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.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
  • 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

COUNTY-WIDE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 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