Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month? Neither did I until this popped up in my newsfeed.
So I did a little research and here’s what I found out.
- Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local and community parks.
- Through efforts by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009.
- Park and recreation agencies across the country are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.
- Parks and recreation services are vital for our communities—from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity, to providing activities and resources for all walks of life—Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation bring to communities.
This July NRPA is celebrating the super heroes and super powers of parks and recreation. Parks and recreation not only give us the opportunity to become our best selves, they also super power our communities economically, improve the environment and provide equitable public spaces for all.
In addition to visiting a park or recreation area during July, you can get involved in Park and Recreation Month by:
- Sharing the “Park and Rec Brigade” comic book with your community;
- Participating in the Park and Recreation Month Super Park Selfie Challenge;
- Downloading the official Park and Recreation Month poster and hanging it up, taking pictures with it or sharing copies of it with your community; and
- Using the social media badge during July.
To encourage the discovery of parks and recreation’s super powers, NRPA is hosting a month-long selfie photo contest. From July 4-31, NRPA will issue weekly challenges for people to get out in their parks and recreation facilities and discover their super powers.
They will award weekly prizes to the photo with the most votes that demonstrates the weekly challenge. The contest can be entered via Facebook or by uploading a photo to Twitter and Instagram using #SuperJuly and #SuperParkSelfie. Visit www.nrpa.org/july for the official rules and criteria.
NRPA is also recognizing three outstanding “super heroes” of parks and recreation as well as featuring the winning photo of their Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest this July in Parks & Recreation magazine.
You can learn more about Park and Recreation Month and find participating park and recreation areas in your community by visiting: www.nrpa.org/July.