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March for Parks Fundraiser Successful

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Date: August 21, 2013

Helen Fields 575/785-3127

March for Parks Fundraiser Raises $9000 for Happy Valley County Park

CARLSBAD – On Tuesday, August 20, organizers of the March for Parks fundraising event presented a check for $9000 to Happy Valley County Park in Eddy County. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment for Happy Valley County Park, on the corner of Jones Street and NM Road 524 in Carlsbad. Old equipment in the park was unsafe and has been removed.

March for Parks is America's only national walking event benefitting parks and open spaces. The annual event, started in 1995, challenges youth to obtain pledges and participate in organized walks in their communities. March for Parks events are held in all 50 states.

The Carlsbad March for Parks was held on April 20 on the Ocotillo Trail, ending at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Together with donations from local businesses and individuals, more than 200 participants raised $12,265. The funds were used to pay for "Let Nature Be Your Teacher" field trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, with the remaining funds donated to Happy Valley County Park.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Education Specialist Helen Fields said of the event, "This year's March for Parks was a huge success. More than twice as many people participated this year than last, and we raised more money than ever for a needy park. It's crucial for children to have safe places right in their communities where they can experience the outdoorsand get healthy exercise. We're very grateful to sponsors and participants for making this year's March for Parks the best yet."

March for Parks is an interagency effort organized by Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the U.S. Forest Service, and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. This year the Happy Valley Wise Eyes, a community-watch organization, approached the March for Parks committee with the proposal to improve Happy Valley County Park. The committee visited the park and agreed that it was the most deserving candidate for funding.

For more information on March for Parks contact Helen Fields (575) 785-3127 or Avelina Childress (575) 785-3124.

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Did You Know?

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.