Celebrate! July Is National Park and Recreation Month

July 13, 2009, 2:36 pm

This month you can join the National Recreation and Park Association as they celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Pack a picnic, grab some friends and head to the nearest park on your block to enjoy summer’s long days.

This longstanding tradition–July has been celebrated as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month since 1985–is good for your wallet (local park entrances are usually minimal or nonexistent) and your health. According to NRPA, frequently going to a park and being active can reduce stress, improve cardiovascular health, help ward off obesity and decrease feelings of depression.

You can also show some love to your child by planning a family trip to a park. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your kids while  helping to improve your family’s  health and well-being. Playing in parks helps children build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, improve self-esteem, and avoid at-risk behavior such as drug use and gang involvement.

“Everyone can and should visit their nearest park this month,” Barbara Tulipane, NRPA CEO said. “Spending the day at the park is a great way to bond with your family, connect with loved ones, and improve your mental and physical health.”

Like our national parks, local parks exist and thrive thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of a handful of  dedicated individuals. Park and Recreation Month recognizes the vital contributions of employees and volunteers throughout the country who assist in creating and maintaining public parks and recreation facilities. These supporters ensure that public parks and recreation facilities are safe and accessible places for all citizens to enjoy.

For more information about NRPA Park and Recreation Month and ways to call attention to the value of parks and recreation through the month of July, click here