National Parks and Recreation Month
July is National Park and Recreation month, when we recognize the importance of parks and recreation in our communities. Parks and Recreation services help us establish and maintain quality of life and contribute to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of communities. As we deal with the challenges due to Covid-19, many have gained a greater appreciation for being able to enjoy our local parks.
Children with access to safe parks are more likely to be physically active — and active kids perform better in school. For people of all ages, physical activity can reduce the chances of becoming obese. Plus, spending time outdoors can improve mental health and reduce stress. Parks play an important role in environmental health by cleaning water, preserving wildlife, and offering a refuge to humans and animals throughout the seasons. They provide a sense of public pride and cohesion to every community. Parks are a place to gather and enjoy being outdoors and add value to communities that transcend the number of dollars invested or the revenues gained from fees.
We hope to encourage people to get outside, explore local parks, and enjoy outdoor activities. Be conscious of the hot weather, practice social distancing with your mask, and follow any other guidance from local officials. To find a local park near you, check out our Places to Play web tool.