The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed December as Maricopa County Parks and Trails Month.
The action was in recognition of the vision and commitment of the Parks and Recreation Commission and District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek to expanding the county’s regional park system and the Maricopa Trail, according to a press release. Additionally, the board honored Mr. Kunasek’s final public meeting as a member of the board of supervisors, where he has served since 1996. Mr. Kunasek announced his retirement earlier this year.
“During his 19 years on the board, Andy has been a strong supporter of responsible government planning for parks and open spaces. Parks are so important to him. In fact, I first met him at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. When I joined the Board, he was like another big brother, guiding me and providing a great leadership model for all of his colleagues. I’ve certainly learned a lot from Andy’s persistence over the years in planning for future needs,” Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4, said in the release.
“I’ve always appreciated Andy’s steady hand and thoughtful approach. He has vast amounts of knowledge about the county and has been unwavering in his support of our parks. He will be missed,” Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1, said in the release.
The county regional park system was established in 1954 to meet residents’ recreational needs and conserve the county’s natural heritage for future generations. With more than 120,000 acres of park land and 516 miles of trails, the parks provide visitors and local residents with recreational services, facilities, trails and programs.