At DR Pet MD, we love healthy dogs. Right on the heels of National Dog Appreciation Day (March 26th 2023), why not appreciate your furry friend by taking them to the park this week? Take a Walk in the Park Day is celebrated annually on March 30, which encourages all of us to get out of the house and get some fresh air at one of New York’s beautiful parks! Of course, we MUST take our BFF!

Looking for a great list of NYC parks near you? Click HERE to find a fun new park to celebrate this March 30th with your dog.

Who doesn’t like spending some quiet time in nature? Your dog sure does! All you have to do is wear some comfortable shoes, grab the leash, and go for a peaceful walk in one of your preferred parks. According to, there are 423 national park sites in the U.S. Maybe getting out of the city for a while is just what you and your dog need. Taking a leisurely stroll in the park is a fantastic way to clear your mind of everyday worries and appreciate the natural beauty around you. 

History of Take a Walk in the Park Day

Take a Walk in the Park Day was founded to reconnect people with Mother Nature. We all are familiar with the numerous benefits of walking, it also has many therapeutic effects on our health. But these benefits are often overlooked. According to new research, individuals who regularly visit parks are reported to have better mental- and physical health. There were also some studies conducted that proved that people living near parks got along better with different people.

Researchers found that people living in apartment buildings with views of trees were less aggressive as compared to those living in concrete buildings with no views to look at. We all live in tighter spaces, which makes us interact less with nature. Due to this, our physical, spiritual, and social well-being is affected to a greater extent. 

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In the past, people have mostly lived outdoors, in forests and jungles. Now, the times have changed and it will keep on changing, so parks will always be a kind of antidote to our busy and crowded lives. This is something that we should think about on this refreshing day. Consider parks as lifesavers, they are blessings of nature to be enjoyed by the whole community.

How To Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day?

  1. Go for a long walk. Time to stretch your legs! Wear your most comfortable shoes and go for a nice walk around your local park.
  2. Ask a friend to accompany you. There is no better way to go for a stroll than with your loved one! Encourage a family member or a friend to accompany you for a walk on this day.
  3. Join a walking group and share it on social media. Join a walking group and go for a walk with your group mates. You can even record your experience and share it on social media!

5 Facts About Walking That Will Surprise You

  1. The most popular exercise in the U.S.Walking is the most famous form of exercise in the U.S.
  2. How to burn off M&M candy. To burn off the calories that you get after eating one M&M candy, you will have to walk the length equal to that of a football field!
  3. The average walking speed of humans. The average walking speed of a person is 3.1 miles per hour.
  4. Life of a pair of tennis shoes. A regular pair of tennis shoes will last for 500 miles of walking.
  5. 6,000 steps will improve your health6,000 steps will help to improve health, while 10,000 steps will help you to lose weight.

Why We Love The Take a Walk in the Park Day

  1. It is very healthy. Walking is one of the fun ways to relax your body, it calms you down and improves your health. Walking around the park will freshen your mind and will make you feel better.
  2. Great as an active recovery workout. Walking relaxes your muscles and keeps you active, it gives your body the time it needs to recover. Studies have proved that an active recovery workout eventually allows your body to heal faster.
  3. No need for fancy equipment. All you need are your finest walking shoes on this amazing day. In fact, any pair of shoes that gives you comfort are suitable to walk in.

Sunday April 23rd is National Picnic day so let’s get the momentum started by walking in the park this month! March 24th is chocolate covered raisins day but our doggies don’t like chocolate (chocolate is lethal to many dogs) so please be careful if you plan on participating! Be safe out there families. All the very best from Dr Pet MD, from our family to yours 🙂