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Support National Public Lands DaySupport National Public Lands Day<div class="ExternalClassCF67EC638F594A10AB9FA83086D77BBF"><p><em>City of Phoenix Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission and City of Phoenix Parks Board Celebrate National Public Lands Day</em><br></p><p>​The city of Phoenix is host to a wealth of public lands that includes parks, unique landscapes, historic trails, wetlands, nature centers, community gardens and other landmarks throughout the nation's fifth-largest city that individually and collectively represent our shared irreplaceable resources. Phoenix is home to two of the nation's largest municipal parks. </p><p>The city of Phoenix parks system provides locally-accessible natural and cultural resources for environmental learning, wildlife appreciation and recreation. Our amazing public lands promote civic ideals that include shared stewardship and recognition of public ownership.</p><p>Our public lands and parks foster increased economic vitality not only for the greater Phoenix region, but also for the individual resident. Our open space makes us a destination for job creating companies, recreation and tourism. Parks and open space make Phoenix more competitive, beautiful and sustainable.<br></p><p>Recreation opportunities offered by city of Phoenix public lands help families and individuals lead an active lifestyle and reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. Our city parks create safe and enjoyable gathering places for our diverse communities. </p><p>Our continued prosperity requires the goodwill, cooperation and active support of citizens, community, local and state officials, business leaders, youth and adults. We strongly support the growth, activation and increased access to public lands and parks for all people. </p><p>We encourage all residents to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day by enjoying a wonderful day in one of the numerous city of Phoenix parks. <br></p><p>With gratitude and love for public lands,<br></p><p>Colin Tetreault, Chair <a href="https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/22">Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission</a><br></p><p>Sarah Porter, Chair <a href="https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/44">Parks and Recreation Board</a><br></p><p>---<br></p><p><a href="/parks">Learn about the city of Phoenix’s 41,000 acres of desert parks, mountain preserves, trails and volunteer park steward program</a>.<br></p><p>September 22 marks the 25th annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation. State and city park systems throughout the nation join with federal agencies such as The Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service to deliver an annually anticipated celebration for local participation on publicly held lands in Phoenix.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>9/22/2018 12:30:00 AMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department602-262-6862