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Designation of July as “Recreation and Parks Month”
WHEREAS Recreation and Parks programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country, including Carrboro, North Carolina; and
WHEREAS our Recreation and Parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our communities, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region; and
WHEREAS the Town of Carrboro utilized over 275 volunteers who provided over 4,000 hours of service throughout the FY 2016-2017; and
WHEREAS Recreation and Parks programs build healthy, active communities that aid in the prevention of chronic disease, provide therapeutic recreation services for those who are mentally or physically disabled, and also improve the mental and emotional health of all citizens; and
WHEREAS The Town of Carrboro offered nearly 400 programs including youth and adult classes, athletic programs, camps, workshops, clinics and large community events such as Carrboro Day, Carrboro Music Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, West End Poetry Festival, July 4th Celebration, Halloween Carnival, Open Streets; Freight Train Blues Series Concerts and
WHEREAS Recreation and Parks programs increase a community’s economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of the local tax base, increased tourism, the attraction and retention of businesses, and crime reduction; and
WHEREAS our Youth Council have contributed 170 service hours to the community during the FY 2017-2018. They have been involved in numerous community service projects including tutoring at local middle schools, Open Streets, Keep Carrboro Beautiful, and other Town events; and
WHEREAS Recreation and Parks areas are fundamental to the environmental well-being of our community; and
WHEREAS parks and natural recreation areas improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, and produce habitat for wildlife; and
WHEREAS our parks and natural recreation areas ensure the ecological beauty of our community and provide a place for children and adults to connect with nature and recreate outdoors; and
WHEREAS we understand the importance of maintaining park infrastructure, we are working with the Stewart Inc. on construction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park, and McGill Inc., and Charles Hughes Construction Company on the Town Commons Improvement Project.
WHEREAS we partner with numerous local businesses, organizations and other local governments to enhance opportunities for participants; and
WHEREAS the U.S. House of Representatives has designated July as Recreation and Parks Month; and
WHEREAS the Town of Carrboro recognizes the benefits derived from Recreation and Parks resources
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, the Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby declare this July 2018, be recognized as Recreation and Parks Month in the Town of Carrboro.
This the 19th day of June, 2019
Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor
For more info on Recreation and Parks events and programs visit http://www.townofcarrboro.org/275/Recreation-Parks