by Mayor Tammy

After the non-traditional winter we just encountered, I’m sure most of you are with me in cheering on the arrival of spring!

This is such a beautiful and active time in our community! Every spring kicks off with the Mayor Tammy’s Walking Club – a great time for me to walk with local elementary students, encouraging them to establish healthy habits at a young age. We also have partnered with Fleet Feet Meridian on a new event every Monday here at Meridian City Hall. People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to Meridian Mondays, a social run/walk from 6pm-7pm. With the warmer temperatures, it’s a great time to get active and enjoy Meridian’s outdoor space!

One of my favorite events of the year is always held at the beginning of spring – ‘Do The Right’ Day (April 12). It’s one day set aside to encourage community members to do something kind for the person to your right. It’s a movement of compassion designed to carry on throughout the entire year!

Also in April - Unplug and Be Outside week (April 22-29), and this year’s event is bigger and better than ever! The community is invited to the kickoff celebration for Unplug Week on Saturday, April 22 at Storey Park from 11am-3pm. This is a great time to pick-up our schedule of family friendly activities taking place throughout the week. Also at the kickoff event – a bike rodeo and helmet fitting and jump rope lessons from the popular Summerwind Skippers. The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) will be there with a healthy demonstration along with many other vendors. For more information about this event and the activities throughout the week visit www.meridiancity.org/unplug.

New this spring is the Paws in the Park Dog Fair on May 20. Storey Bark Park has become a very popular gathering place for our community so it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a new event! Those who attend will have the opportunity to get a free, one-year City of Meridian dog license. This is important because licensed dogs make it easier to reunite dog owners with lost dogs. The event also includes K9 demos, vendors, music, food, beverages, dogs for adoption, and prizes.

Our Parks and Recreation crews are busy with events, and the construction of three new parks. Soon we will celebrate the groundbreaking of Hillsdale Park – and two other parks, Reta Huskey and the Keith Bird Legacy Park are also under construction. These three parks are scheduled to open later this year!

It’s sure to be an eventful spring for our community – I look forward to seeing you out and about – enjoying all that our City has to offer!

For more information on City of Meridian events, visit www.meridiancity.org/events.

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