July is Parks Make Life Better Month!
This resolution recognizes the importance of access to local parks, recreation, trails, open space, and facilities as a respite for all Californians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We therefore declare the month of July 2020 as Parks Make Life Better!® Month.
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation promotes physical, emotional and mental health and wellness through organized and self-directed fitness, play, and activity; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation supports the economic vitality of communities by providing frontline jobs, childcare for the essential work force and promoting community revitalization; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation creates memorable experiences through engaging virtual and physically distanced programs, dynamic online events and new learning opportunities designed to keep families active while stay-at-home orders are in place and beyond; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation fosters social cohesiveness in communities by celebrating diversity, providing spaces to come together peacefully, modeling compassion, promoting social equity, connecting social networks, and ensuring all people have access to its benefits; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation supports human development and endless learning opportunities that foster social, intellectual, physical and emotional growth in people of all ages and abilities; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation strengthens community identity by providing facilities and services that reflect and celebrate community character, heritage, culture, history, aesthetics and landscape; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation facilitates community problem and issue resolution by providing safe spaces to come together peacefully and facilitating conversations and services in order that our communities may heal both physically and emotionally; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation sustains and stewards our natural resources by protecting habitats and open space, connecting people to nature, and promoting the ecological function of parkland; and
WHEREAS, Parks and Recreation supports safe, vibrant, attractive, progressive communities that make life better through positive alternatives offered in their recreational opportunities; and
WHEREAS, The California Park & Recreation Society has released a statewide public awareness campaign, “Parks Make Life Better!®” to inform citizens of the many benefits of utilizing parks, facilities, programs, and services; now, therefore, be it resolved that the citizens of California recognize the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health, wellness, development, inspiration, and safety of all Californians; and be it further resolved, that we declare the month of July 2020 as “Parks Make Life Better!®” Month.