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RivCo Parks launches equity initiative

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District are launching the RivCoParks Library Pass program, designed to promote community involvement, encourage outdoor recreation and begin closing the nature gap.

Library passes offer Riverside County residents a new opportunity to explore the outdoors while enjoying the benefits of their local libraries. The program is a partnership between RivCoParks and local libraries to provide residents with free access to locations in the county parks during the day. By exchanging the pass at participating local libraries, participants receive free access to outdoor recreational facilities, including hiking trails, picnic areas and nature reserves.

“Parks are for everyone. All Riverside County residents should be able to experience everything our RivCoParks system has to offer,” said Board Chairman Chuck Washington, Third District Supervisor. “These park passes allow residents to expand their knowledge of the world around them as they explore many of the natural areas in our diverse province.”

The RivCoParks Library Pass program recognizes the importance of equitable access to nature. The goal is to address the disparities in participation in outdoor recreation. By providing free admission to locations in county parks, the program removes financial barriers that can prevent individuals and families from pursuing outdoor activities. RivCoParks strives to promote social cohesion and strengthen community ties, promoting civic pride among underserved residents.

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“We are proud to introduce the RivCoParks Library Pass program, which aims to close the nature gap. The program represents an important step in ensuring that all residents, regardless of background or income, have equal access to recreation opportunities in Riverside County,” said Parks Director Kyla Brown.

The launch of the RivCoParks Library Pass program aligns with Earth Month. Earth Month celebrates environmental awareness and appreciation for nature every April. Residents can inquire about the program at their local participating library and request a library card. Pass holders can then show their pass when visiting participating regional parks, historic sites and open spaces. Amenities include picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, hiking trails, lakes, nature centers and educational programs.

For more information about the RivCoParks Library Pass program or for a list of participating libraries, visit Community members interested in various Earth Month events, such as tree plantings, cleanups and other activities, can email [email protected].

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