Carrboro Townwide News

Posted on: June 13, 2017

Recreation and Parks Month


WHEREAS, parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country, including Carrboro, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, our parks and recreation 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 250 volunteers who provided over 5,400 hours of service throughout the FY 2015-2016; and

WHEREAS, parks and recreation 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, parks and recreation 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 over 325 service hours to the community during the FY 2015-2016.  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, parks and recreation 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, currently working with the community and Stewart Inc. on construction design for Martin Luther King Jr Park, working with McGill Inc. on the Town Commons Improvement Project and fencing and bleachers project at Hank Anderson Community Park;

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 Parks and Recreation Month; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro recognizes the benefits derived from parks and recreation resources

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim that July 2017 is recognized as “Parks and Recreation Month” in the Town of Carrboro.


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