As the warm weather arrives at the Poconos, friends and families enjoy the many outdoor activities this area has to offer. On Saturday, June 6th, Three Regional Park Commissions and Pocono Medical Center will be kicking off the Parks for Good Living program at Dansbury Park, 15 Day Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The kickoff start at 10 AM and ends at 2PM.
The Parks for Good Living Event promotes living an active and healthy lifestyle while enjoying the outdoors. During the events there will be multiple activities throughout the day such as nature based facilitated presentations and interpretative hikes. Also, free health and wellness information will be provided. There are no admission fees for the event and all activities are free and open to the public. After the kick off, there will be events held every Saturday until December 19th.
“I find this new program to be exciting and fun especially for families who want to plan activities on the weekends,” says Geoffrey Roche Director of Community and Government Relations at Pocono Medical Center, “By getting our community involved with the regional recreational resources we have available to us, we can create a fun and innovative way to enjoy the outdoors and find ways of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle”.
“This partnership creates a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn of the Outdoor Recreation activities available and see firsthand some of the Open Space properties protected by the Monroe County Open Space initiatives,” added Bernie Kozen, Executive Director of West End Park & Open Space Commission.
Sherry Acevedo, Executive Director of Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission says, “Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission is honored to be part of the team for Parks for Good Living in partnership with Pocono Medical Center, West End Park & Open Space Commission, Hamilton Jackson, Pocono Park & Open Space Commission,” she continues by stating, “This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved in outdoor activities, trails, parks, and open space in the region. Come visit us onSaturday, June 6 for the kickoff event on National Trails Day, a national day to celebrate parks & trails across the country. We are proud to provide these activities for the community to connect our residents and visitors to the natural environment and provide recreational opportunities to support health and wellness, physical activity, and enjoy the outdoors.”
Kim Ernsberger is Recreation Manager for HJP Parks and Open Space Commission. She is working with the project Parks for Good Living and recently shared, “It is scientifically proven that when people visit parks and participate in outdoor activities, they are healthier, live longer, and have fewer health issues later in life. HJP Park and Open Space Commission is pleased that Pocono Medical Center is willing to partner with us to bring more attention to the available resources we have in our area”.
For more information about the Parks for Good Living Program please visit:
- Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation, http://www.srosrc.org/
programs.php or (570) 426-1512, Sherry Acevedo, Executive Director
- HJP Park & Open Space, http://hjpparks.org/Events.
aspx or 570-629-0966, Harold Ernsberger, Director
- West End Park & Open Space Commission, http://weposc.org/events_
calendar.html or 570-992-9733, Bernie Kozen, Executive Director