(Maricopa County) – Have you ever wanted to tell someone to take a hike? In November, you’ll have a chance to do just that!
This year, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating National Take A Hike Day on Thursday, November 17. This is the fourth year the department will waive the day-use park entry fee to encourage people to “take a hike” in a County park.
“This is a great idea,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. “Most parks and recreation agencies around the nation celebrate National Trails Day in early June, which is typically a warm month in the valley. Take a Hike Day encourages people to get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is proud to recognize Take A Hike Day on November 17.”
“On November 1, the department will kick-off its annual 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. With the launch of the program, and the holidays quickly approaching, the free entry day provides a little extra motivation to visit a park, take a ranger led hike, and log additional miles,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director. “Hiking is also a good stress reliever and can be very therapeutic during the holiday season.”
Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional parks systems in the nation with more than 120,000 acres of open space parks that include hundreds of miles of trails.
“We hope people recognize that the Maricopa Trail is a wonderful gem maintained within the Maricopa Park system,” added Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1. “It connects many communities to our county parks and includes many new segments for people to explore.”
Park visitors are reminded that although temperatures may be cooler, appropriate hiking attire, sunscreen and an ample supply of water is still necessary. In recognition of Take A Hike Day, the $6 per vehicle day-use entry fee will be waived at all of Maricopa County’s regional parks on Thursday, November 17, 2016, all other fees apply.
For more information on upcoming Take A Hike Day events, trail maps and park locations, visit www.maricopacountyparks.net or call (602) 506-2930. For a complete listing of park fees, please visit the website.
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