Caption paloverde: Kids enjoying the department's 2013 Dia de los Ninos event at Hance Park. The department's Latino Institute teamed up with a long list of community partners to offer thousands of visitors a wealth of information and resources on health, physical activity and fitness..
While the the Dia de los Ninos festival and Back to School Fair attracted thousands of families in 2013 and provided them access to vast community health and wellness resources, department staff also created a new Health and Wellness series offered on successive Saturdays in the spring at downtown's Civic Space Park. Like most of our successful community events, the Health and Wellness Series was a partnership with a host of Valley organizations dedicated to public health and fitness.
The Phoenix Parks Foundation continued to build a record of success in 2013. In addition to its successful Moon Over South Mountain in late spring, the Foundation added another successful fundraising event in the fall at the Phoenix Zoo. It's fundraising success allowed the Foundation to donate $66,000 to help fund a major new community garden at Mountain View Park, pictured here.
Caption paloverde: Residents and volunteers worked last fall on the new community garden at Mountain View Park. Partnerships were crucial to the project -- the Phoenix Parks Foundation pooled resources with the National Recreation and Park Association and United Healthcare to fund the project.
CIGNA again made it a lot easier for kids to cool off and stay active during our long hot summers. They sponsored the Kool Kids program in 2013, which made it possible for kids ages 17 and under to swim for free at many city pools. The Kool Kids program gets it greatest sponsorship boost each spring with the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A's square off in their annual charity Spring Training game.
Volunteers also made a major impact in city parks, preserves and recreation facilities contributing tens of thousands of hours of work. Learn more about volunteering in Phoenix parks and recreation facilities.
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