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 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.
Park 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, show your community members that parks and recreation are more than just playgrounds and rec centers. This is your chance to highlight the sometimes undiscovered offerings of your agency, such as STEM programming, senior programs, innovative health and wellness opportunities, sports parks, aquatic complexes, community celebrations, outdoor education, flood mitigation, maintenance and much, much more. Show your community that "A Lifetime of Discovery" awaits at their local parks and recreation!