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City parks and open space improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work.

Harvestmen, also called Daddy Longlegs, are not spiders, but close relatives.  Their bodies grow to 1/4 inch long, and unlike spiders, which have two main body sections, Harvestmen only have one. They have a little knob on their heads with two eyes. Nocturnal feeders, they eat small insects (aphids, caterpillars, beetles, flies, mites), small slugs, snails, earthworms, spiders, other harvestmen, decaying plant and animal matter.  They live for one year, dying with the cold of winter. (Photo USFWS , Jim Rorabaugh)

Strong evidence shows that when people have access to parks, they exercise more. Numerous studies have shown that parks and open space increase the value of neighboring residential property and commercial property. Green space in urban areas provides substantial environmental benefits.

The Arizona Land and Water Trust works to make the communities of southern Arizona more successful through the innovative renewal and creation of parks for their social, ecological and economic benefits to residents and visitors alike. Recent examples include protection of the 36th Street Corridor adjacent to Tucson Mountain Park. The Corridor was expanded to include the Belvedere Estates, which provides a trailhead linking the 36th Street Trailhead to Tucson Mountain Park. The Trust also partnered with the Carpenter family to protect the 360-acre Carpenter Ranch which expands Tortolita Mountain Park just north of Tucson. Both these acquisitions were made possible by the Pima County Open Space Bond.