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Hug The Trees City of Mesa

Tree Hugging = Health & Happiness

People are spending more time indoors and online than outdoors in nature.  Research suggests that being in nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.  Just five minutes around trees or in green spaces may improve your health. 

The City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department has started  "Love MyPark" and "Hug A Tree" campaigns to encourage you to opt outside and enjoy one of Mesa's 204 parks. From trees to trails to playgrounds to splash pads, the City of Mesa's natural areas, trails, green spaces and parks are gateways to a healthy, prosperous, connected you and community.  Opt outside today and enjoy the benefits of nature and hugging a tree!


  • Its free!
  • No negative side effects!  
  • Boosts immune system!
  • Lowers blood pressure!
  • Reduces stress!
  • Improves mood!
  • Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD!
  • Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness!
  • Increases energy level!
  • Improves sleep!

Benefits of Nature References [PDF]



City of Mesa Love My Park


Visit one of Mesa's 204 parks and snap a photo of you or someone you know enjoying the park!  Share the love by using the hashtag #lovemypark on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  View a list of Mesa Parks. 






City of Mesa Hug The TreesStop by Pioneer ParkRiverview Park or Red Mountain Park and HUG A TREEThere will be signs posted on various trees throughout these parks inspiring you share the love and get the benefits! Snap a photo of you or someone you know hugging the trees and use the hashtag #hugatree on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.