Times are tough and fun is expensive. Visiting your local neighborhood parks is FREE. A little sunblock, a few snacks from the pantry and you’re good to go!
Take advantage of any walking paths surrounding the park and while the kids are swinging away, you can walk yourself toward a healthier you. Besides, exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. A happy Encounter is a success in our book.
Have you seen Parks & Recreation? Though it may be exaggerated, the truth is that there is a whole staff of people in your local Parks & Rec department who put their heart and soul into taking care of your local parks. Appreciating their hard work is just good citizenship!
The more parks you visit, the more people you meet. Social interaction outside is healthy for your psyche. Times may have changed, but there is still a need for that sense of community. Frequenting the neighborhood parks is a great way to do that.
Whether it’s the suburbs or the city, chances are there are plenty of neighborhoods you might not know very well. By making it a point to visit new neighborhood parks throughout the city/town you live in can help introduce you to other parts of your city or town that they may not get to visit very often.
Especially if you can skip the car and walk to come of the parks in your area. You save the gas and carbon emissions and stay local. Create a nice picnic. Save money by making and bringing food and drinks with you without paying the high price tag at a fancy restaurant. Don’t forget some bread crumbs to feed the birds while watching the sunset.
During the summer many cities and towns put on special events at local parks. Visit your city’s website to see when the next concert or Shakespeare in the Park is happening near you. Often the cost of admission is free.
Take the opportunity to relax. Bring a blanket and lay on the grass or your lawn chair and favorite book. There are few chances for you to simply chill out, and the park is a great chance to do that. Or invite a friend that you haven’t hung out with in a while and catch up.
You’re already outside for the Encounter date so you can step it up a notch and turn it into an adventure. There are great mobile Geocaching apps where you can go on a join scavenger hunt for items placed in secret locations. You never know what you might find.
What’s your favorite thing about going to your neighborhood park?
Encounter encourages people to take a chance with looking forward to going on a date with an actual human being.
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Unplugging and disconnecting from technology to reconnect with family, friends, and loved ones will lead to healthier, happier, and longer lasting relationships.