The National Recreation and Park Association Wants You to Share Your #ParkRecLuv During National Park and Recreation Month
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year NRPA wants everyone to show and share their love for local parks and recreation. They encourage and invite all people to celebrate Park and Recreation Month during July by venturing out to their local parks and recreation areas to experience the many benefits they offer, such as programs to inspire healthy, active lifestyles and activities to appreciate nature and the environment.
For 2013, the “I Love my Parks and Recreation” is a unique take on the annual theme for the month which has included past themes such as “Rock your Park” and most recently, “Get Wild.” New this year is a fill-in-the-blank option on the annual Park and Recreation Month poster that people can use to declare why they love their parks and recreation.
“Local parks and recreation play a critical role in positively impacting communities in so many ways, especially in conservation, health and wellness and social equity,” says Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA. “Park and Recreation Month is not only a great time to experience all the wonderful aspects of parks and recreation but to also express and recognize why our local parks and recreation are so important in our lives.”
Nationwide, park and recreation agencies will celebrate Park and Recreation Month through a variety of fun initiatives, events, and activities. A list of participating park and recreation locations can be found at www.NRPA.org/july.
Nationally, NRPA is running a weekly photo contest through their Facebook page and encouraging people everywhere to show the love by sharing photos of their posters and selves out in local parks and recreation areas. Weekly prizes include $100 gift cards and a grand prize of a $500 gift card which will be rewarded at the end of July. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/july-love.