July proclaimed Parks & Recreation month

On Tuesday, July 2 Mayor Don Stephens proclaimed July to be “Parks and Recreation Month”, affirming Salida’s commitment to supporting healthy, active and, above all, fun lifestyles.

The national designation came from the U.S. House of Representatives and declared that public recreation, supported in part by tax payer dollars, provides a community with many benefits that more than make up their costs. The City of Salida chose to join communities across the nation in recognizing these benefits.

According to the U.S. House of Representatives, recreation strengthens social bonds, boosts economic prosperity, aids in the prevention of health problems and provides therapeutic activities.

The Salida Recreation Department oversees hundreds of activities each year that do just this, from preschool fun in the park to gentle exercises in hot mineral water designed to sooth arthritis inflammation. From preschool fun in the park to water aerobics, and from tennis lessons to free concerts all summer, the Salida Rec department works hard to meet the needs and desires of Salida’s citizens.

Thank you, Mayor Stephens and members of the City Council, for recognizing the vital role recreation plays in a healthy community.  Thank you, citizens of Salida, for supporting and participating in so many recreation activities, both public and private.

To celebrate everything that recreation promotes, Salida Recreation plans to host three free ice cream socials during the month of July! We will be making banana splits with ice cream topped with nuts, chocolate, and sprinkles. We will also play a variety of fun, family games including sack races, dizzy relays, cornhole, horseshoes and more.

The ice cream socials will be held Wednesday, July 3, 17 and 31, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will be held at Centennial Park, Nuno Park (on the Mesa between W Pitkin St and W Park Ave) and at Alpine Park, respectively.  We hope to see you all there for some fun, socializing and ICE CREAM!