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Pecos, NM:– Park Prescriptions participant Beverly Hughes is winning many times over. She is the first recipient of the Park Prescriptions Program’s first quarterly prize drawing. Hughes, who won a $50 gift Visa gift noted that, “It was a win-win, no matter if I won the prize or not.” Hughes, like many of the other participants in the program finds a plethora of benefits from recreating in the park. Pecos National Historical Park Superintendent Karl Cordova echoes her sentiments; “The National Park Service strives to ensure that parks remain relevant to local communities in preserving their heritage, educating their youth and providing opportunities for physical and mental wellness.”
The Park Prescriptions Program was formed this spring as part of a partnership between Pecos National Historical Park and the Pecos Valley Medical Center (PVMC) to encourage wellness in the community of Pecos and the surrounding area. The Pecos Park Prescriptions program promotes health and wellness by encouraging and rewarding community members for recreating for free within their national park.
Ms. Hughes found the program to be an easy and enjoyable way to exercise daily; “The trails are paved (which makes a klutz very happy), well-groomed, and the view never fails to take my breath away… Pecos is blessed beyond measure to have two such fine facilities like Pecos National Historical Park and Pecos Valley Medical Center available for its use. If you don't already visit the park for your enjoyment, bring your visitors there, they will be happy you did. Get some fresh mountain air, see all the beauty Mother Nature has to share, witness all of the creatures in their own environment, and see some stunning ruins presented to you by some fun, friendly rangers.”
The next quarterly drawing for the Park Prescriptions Program will take place the week of October 23rd. Participants must fill out an entire punch card (30 visits) during the quarter in order to be eligible for the next drawing. For more information please contact Becky Latanich (Pecos NHP) at (505) 757-7210 or Toni Rodriguez (Pecos Valley Medical Center) at 505-757-7132