During its regular meeting Thursday July 7, Lacey proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation month.
In its proclamation, the city council said parks and recreation promote the health and wellness of residents as it improves the physical and mental health of people who live near parks.
"Parks and recreation promote time spent in nature, which positively impacts mental health by increasing cognitive performance and well-being, and alleviating illnesses such as depression, attention deficit disorders, and Alzheimer's," the proclamation read.
Councilmembers also recognized the city's parks' contribution to economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of the local tax base, increased tourism, the attraction and retention of businesses, and crime reduction.
Lacey Parks, Culture and Recreation Director Jen Burbidge said the celebration with the theme "We Rise Up" recognizes the contributions of parks in society and highlights the efforts of parks and recreation professionals, workers and volunteers.
"Our communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation," said Burbidge.
City Mayor Andy Ryder urged the residents to enjoy and recognize the benefits of the city's parks.
"I encourage everyone to go enjoy our amazing Lacey parks," said Ryder. "It's the best thing we have about Lacey."
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