• Harvest Hayride

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On this the month of love and friendship I would like to make a tribute to a special friend. 

Days at the Conservancy can be like in many other jobs, busy.  There are grant deadlines to meet, fund development presentations, events to plan and of course capital and maintenance projects to manage.  There are other days that are quieter and reflective which allow the time and space needed to plan for the future of the park. Both of these benefit from feedback from those who love and use the park.  This is where my friend Bob Eckardt comes in.

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New Year’s Resolutions - a tradition so many would rather do without. I actually look forward to it. Each new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months, and resolve to do more of what worked well. As someone who works in the parks and greenspace arena my resolutions always involve thinking about the outdoors. There is no shortage of research from organizations such as the CDC and the Trust for Public Land or periodicals like Fast Company who list the benefits of spending active time outdoors. These reports come filled with esoteric terms such as “forest bathing”, “garden therapy” and “nature deficit disorder”. The list of benefits is long, offering improved health, mental wellbeing, longevity and my personal favorite from the CDC, “a favorable distribution of body fat”. The truth is, time spent outside is not only good for you but it is fun!

 

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This holiday season we are grateful for you.  It is because of caring individuals like you that Chastain Park is such a gem in our community.  We love that you are now visiting our site, it likely means that you enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer within its 268 acres of greenspace. If you are also looking to learn more about the Chastain Park Conservancy’s mission, projects and programs I’ve written this, my first blog, for you...

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