March 29th

AvatarBy Mutt Mulligan

Take a Walk in the Park Day

Lace up your tennis shoes! March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. It was created to encourage people to explore the wilder spaces in the civilized world.

If you’ve been spending more time in parks than usual these days, you’re not alone. A recent study concluded that people are spending more time in parks during the pandemic. Spending time in parks is a great way to get a nature boost, especially if you live an urban setting.

Our parks, schoolyards and other community green space – in addition to our own backyards! – are safe places to de-stress and to connect with others. These green spaces are not only good for our physical and mental health, but they are also environmental superheroes.

They capture and filter rainwater, produce oxygen, absorb carbon, and help mitigate the heat island effect. That’s the phenomenon that makes urban neighborhoods significantly warmer than other nearby areas.

Additionally, community parks are an important part of the connected ecosystem that provides food and shelter for pollinators, such as birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other creatures.

You know who really loves a walk in the park? Your dog! Be sure to take Fido along with you when you celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30.

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