The surprising link between urban nature and human wellbeing
Access to nature is being promoted by the World Health Organization as a way to improve physical and mental health. They suggest nine reasons for this:
- Stress reduction
- Fosters social interaction
- Strengthens immune systems
- Increased physical activity and fitness and reducing obesity
- Buffers noise from people and increases noise from nature
- Reduces air pollution
- Reduces the urban heat island effect
- Encourages pro-environmental behavior
- Optimizes exposure to sunlight and healthy sleep patterns
Having a little patch of nature in an otherwise busy area is so important to the West Olympia community–not just to those who live here but to those who may travel through or work in the area.
West Central Park is that oasis, that breath of air, that moment of calm, and that place to connect. It’s hard to break away from our busy day to take that time but do it. Come to the Park, smell the flowers, pick a blueberry, play a game of chess, read a book. Or just sit in the Park and BE.
It’s good for your health.
West Central Park Project Winter Gala
Keep your calendar open! We’re working hard on putting together a fun gala to support the Park! So far, we have The Lumen rocking and Larry Hill playing piano. The Park Side Cafe will be catering with delicious appetizer and dessert bites. It’ll be a great time you won’t want to miss!
What: West Central Park Project Winter Gala
When: December 13th, 2019 6-Midnight
Where: Abigail Stuart House
Dress: Black Tie
All proceeds will go to the Park!
Have something you’d like to donate for the silent auction? Please let us know! Here are some examples:
- Services (photography, commissioned art, massage, private chef, etc)
- Experiences (tickets, ski passes, hotel/resort stays, boat cruise, dance lessons)
Sunday Work Parties
Every Sunday, 10am-1pm come to the Park to help pull weeds, clean up, and harvest the gardens. Have a burning gardening question you need answered? Ask Dave, WCP Landscape Chair and Master Gardener. He’ll trade you answers for pulled weeds!
Gardening not your thing? That’s ok! We have lots of other volunteer opportunities!
Here are some examples of things we could use help with:
- Administrative: organizing files, writing and mailing thank you notes to donors, managing contact information
- Marketing/Outreach: designing flyers and other outreach material, writing blog posts, staffing a table at events
- Event setup: set up tents, serve popcorn, help bands as needed
- Game/Equipment rental: during set times, be available to check out chess pieces, yard games, and croquet set
- Park Maintenance: weeding, watering, mowing, clipping, tending
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