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PRESS RELEASE

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Contact:  Ann Niino, phone 527-6078

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2001

 

Honolulu to Participate in Healing Process 

 

Mayor Jeremy Harris has accepted the invitation of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton to designate Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12, as a time to inspire “National Unity, Hope and Healing” in the nation’s public parks. On Oahu, admission fees will be waived at Foster Botanical Gardens. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Honolulu Zoo.

“The parks and recreation facilities of the City and County of Honolulu serve to enhance physical well-being and promote peace of mind,” said Mayor Harris. “We hope that people will take advantage of these special places in our community every day, but especially during this weekend of National Unity, Hope and Healing.”

 

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Parks and recreation facilities offer many opportunities for active recreation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity lowers an individual’s anxiety and stress levels, while increasing self-esteem and improving mood.

Parks also provide social ties that unite us. By providing a place for adults to relax, children to play, and families to spend time together, parks and recreation facilities offer common ground for the different cultural groups that comprise our nation, fostering strong communities.

“The use of parks and recreation facilities is part of a healthy response to the uncertainties of our time—whether people want to relieve stress through physical activity, find inspiration in the beauty of nature, or simply reach out to others in their community,” observed T. Destry Jarvis, Executive Director of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The NRPA has urged park and recreation agencies across the country to participate in the period of “National Unity, Hope and Healing” by encouraging public use of parks, recreation and cultural facilities. Collectively, local public recreation and park systems include more than 80,000 sites, and state park systems include more than 5,300 sites nationwide.

Additionally, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees at all 386 units of the National Park System on Nov. 10-12, 2001.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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