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Hug The Trees Hug The Trees 2019 City of Mesa Parks and Recreation

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!

Benefits of Hugging The Trees:

  • 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]



Hug The Trees Hug The Trees 2019 City of Mesa Parks and Recreation

Find one of our Hug The Trees signs at the following locations, snap photos of yourself or someone else Hugging the Tree, tag us on Instagram @mesaparksandrec, Facebook @mesaparksandrecreation or Twitter @MesaThingsToDo and you can be featured on our social channels!

 Hug The Trees Sign Locations:




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.