Daily dose of nature:

Park Rx in Dekalb

Communities across the Atlanta area are embracing the health benefits of nature.

On April 28th, DeKalb County communities joined others across the country in the celebration of Park Rx Day, a day dedicated to bringing people together outside in their parks to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of greenspace.

Thirteen Friends of the Park groups participated, organizing a range of activities for all ages, abilities, and interests, including: nature hikes, yoga, kick-boxing, dancing, Chi Gong, archery, gardening, and more.

Yoga class at Hairston Park for Park Rx Day.

At Hairston Park, attendees participated in a fitness obstacle course and a yoga class. “The Friends of Hairston Park were happy to facilitate a day’s dose of vitamin D,” stated Gwendolyn Stegall, leader of the Friends of Hairston Park. “It’s just what the doctor ordered!”

At Zonolite Park, volunteers planted milkweed. “During our Park Rx planting event, we were thrilled to see volunteers reaping the benefits of sunshine and fresh air,” said Executive Director of the South Fork Conservancy, Kimberly Estep, “while also helping to provide a healthy habitat for monarch butterflies.”

Thank you to DeKalb Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs, to the Friends of the Park groups who organized healthy activities, and to the community members who came out for their daily dose of nature. Let’s make Park Rx Day every day!

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