The National Parks and Recreation motto is “Everyone Deserves a Great Park.”
Of course, we believe in that motto here in Pierce County, where we fill the space between the mountain and the sea with amazing places to relax and play.
I was humbled to take on the leadership of the department in 2017 knowing that I was inheritingg a 60-year legacy of providing programs and places that, simply put, help make people happy. Our mission includes three important elements:
- We connect people to nature for its many benefits – fresh air, relaxation, reflection, appreciation of our natural resources, quiet companionship and amazing views – and the inspiration to slow down and experience the beauty that is iconic of the Pacific Northwest.
- We provide people the places they need to live healthy lifestyles. Our trails and playgrounds and programs get us out and about, off the couch and out of the house. Whether it is walking, hiking, biking, playing or competing, parks are perfect for getting the exercise our body needs to combat stress, a poor diet and other risks and realities of chronic disease. Play never feels like a workout even though every muscle, including the brain, benefits from the competition, exertion and perspiration!
- We also create vibrant community spaces that give people a chance to interact, enjoy and appreciate each other through play, activities and education. When people join a team or class they are connected socially with new friends that they can walk a mile with or learn to dance next to.
Through the design of parks and programs, young and old play together and people find commonality in their leisure pursuits. True to the very philosophy of public parks and recreation is the idea that all people – no matter their gender, age, income level, ability or anything else – should have access to programs, facilities, places and spaces that make their lives and communities great. By providing affordable and accessible options, we bring people together where fun and memories happen.
So, for less than $40 a year-per-resident, Pierce County Parks & Recreation inspires and enables our residents to live healthy, happy lives. This report shares our story of how we are doing just that.
Download the 2017 Report