Recent studies have proven being outdoors makes you healthier and happier. In our increasingly digital world, unplugging is more important than ever.

Fortunately, you don’t need to look far for a hidden gem in the Arcadia neighborhood.  Arcadia Park offers a great playground, pavilions for shade cover, plenty of grills, sand volleyball, restrooms (that do get locked overnight), a water fountain, parking area and huge fields to run in.

Phoenix provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves with 200-plus miles of trails; 182 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; classes and sports programs where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun; eight golf courses; and 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer.

Parks are a great way to spend an afternoon with the family.  You can let the kids work off their energy and it’s free!  As parents, I’m sure you are always looking for something for the kids to do.  Going to your neighborhood park is a healthy activity and can inspire you.

Think of your favorite outdoor athlete or writer.  For instance, John Muir was endlessly inspired by the wilderness around Yosemite and even the Williams sisters learned to play tennis on the public-park courts of East Compton, California.

Take a moment and check out Arcadia Park this Spring; have fun and find mental, physical, and spiritual health and social wellbeing for the entire family.

Muir himself once mused that “between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life”—and chances are they had seminal moments at parks at a young age.