If you venture outside today, you may smell the enticing aroma of a grill, hear birds chirping, or see school children running around the neighborhood. That’s right, summer is in full swing, and with the Fourth of July behind us, it’s also important that we highlight another celebratory observance in July: Park and Recreation Month.
Established in 1985 and currently organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month promotes the importance of parks and recreation in health, wellness, conservation, and social equity. In addition, it recognizes the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain America’s local and community parks.
Park and Recreation Month is inclusive to people of all interests, hobbies, geographic location, and demographics. Anyone can find a way to accept the NRPA’s challenge to play at their local park and recreation areas. Whether it’s going to a summer camp, participating in an adult sports league, exploring a trail, or discovering nature – parks and play go hand in hand.
Interested in doing more to support Park and Recreation Month? You can get involved further by:
Finally, don’t forget that the PCFSN’s #0to60 Challenge runs through the end of July, meaning you can use Park and Recreation Month’s play initiative as a great supplemental motivator to help you stay active and walk, jog, or sprint to the finish line! Share your progress and success with us on social media by following us on Twitter @FitnessGov, and including the hashtag #0to60 in your posts.
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