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[ARCHIVED] Mayor proclaims Kids to Parks Day

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Mayor proclaims Kids to Parks Day

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  In celebration of Kids to Parks Day, observed each year on the third Saturday in May, millions of Americans will join National Park Trust on May 18 to honor America's parks and public lands by attending park events. 

Mayor Joe Pitts recently proclaimed Clarksville’s Kids to Parks Day and encourages residents to attend Clarksville’s Kids to Parks Day events, organized by the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department or visit any of the City’s 23 parks.

Residents are invited to join in the national day of outdoor play that connects kids and families with their local, state and national parks and public lands and waters by participating in the following events:

Wetlands Walk -- 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18: Take a guided tour with the City Forester through the paved and wooden walkways at Liberty Park to get a close-up view of the abundant plant and animal life that thrives in the wetlands. Pre-registration is required. 

Fun with Fido -- 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, May 18: Treat your pup to a morning at Heritage Park Bark Park. Enjoy the doggie photo booth, dog-related vendors, games, and giveaways!

Sleep Under the Stars Campout -- 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 to 9 a.m., Sunday, May 19: Sleep under the stars and enjoy a bonfire, games, ghost stories and more at our family campout at Billy Dunlop Park. Pre-registration is required.

For information and to pre-register for events, visit or “like” the Facebook page at

Here is Mayor Pitts’s full proclamation:


Kids to Parks Day

WHEREAS, May 18th, 2019 is the ninth Kids to Parks Day
organized and launched by the National Park Trust, held annually on
the third Saturday of May; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and encourages
families to get outdoors and visit America’s parks; and

WHEREAS, it is important to introduce a new generation to
our nation’s parks; and

WHEREAS, we should encourage children to lead a more active
lifestyle to combat the issues of childhood obesity, diabetes
mellitus, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day is open to all children and adults
across the country to encourage a large and diverse group
of participants; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day will broaden children’s appreciation for nature and outdoors; and

NOW THEREFORE, I Joe Pitts, Mayor of the City of Clarksville, do hereby proclaim
to participate in Kids to Parks Day. I urge residents of
Clarksville to make time May 18th, 2019 to take the children in
their lives to a neighborhood, state or national park.

National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our national parks and the engagement of our youth – especially those who are under-served – with our country’s public lands and water. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants everyone to have an American park experience. To achieve this, NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow (;


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