Mount Vernon Marks Kids to Parks Day

Clockwise from top left, Mark Fritz, executive director of Ariel-Foundation Park; Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr, and area children enjoy the outdoors. The Mayor has proclaimed May 21 Kids to Parks Day in the City.

May 21 designated as perfect opportunity to enjoy the City’s parks


MOUNT VERNON, May 20, 2022 – While every day, weather permitting, is a good day for outdoor play, tomorrow – Saturday, May 21 – has been officially designated as the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, both in the City of Mount Vernon and nationwide.

For the 12th year in a row, the third Saturday in May is being set aside as Kids to Parks Day, an event organized and launched by the National Park Trust to foster future outdoor enthusiasts and help with developing the next generation of park stewards by engaging kids in memorable outdoor experiences.

“The City of Mount Vernon is behind this concept 110 percent,” said Mayor Matt Starr. “Today’s kids are faced with more distractions and demands on their time than ever before, but the benefits of just being outside and enjoying the fresh air haven’t changed. And fortunately, Mount Vernon has several beautiful parks that are perfect for kids – of all ages.”

Kids to Parks Day is designed to broaden children’s appreciation for nature and the outdoors. It also encourages children to lead a more active lifestyle to combat issues of childhood obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

“Kids don’t remember their best day of watching TV or playing video games. They do remember their best day out with parents and family. That’s what Kids to Parks Day is all about,” said Mark Fritz, executive director of Ariel-Foundation Park, one of the many parks in Mount Vernon with an abundance to offer – on May 21, and every day.


Information courtesy of the Mount Vernon Mayor’s Office