The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. NRPA advances this vision by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals as a catalyst for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.
NRPA’s network of more than 60,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates represents public spaces in urban communities, rural settings, and everything in between. NRPA champions and supports the field of parks and recreation through professional development, advocacy, grants and programs, research, publications and more.
Proclaiming July as Park and Recreation Month is an opportunity for communities and local leadership to officially acknowledge the importance of parks and recreation and the benefits it provides to the people you serve. This year’s theme is “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation” to bring attention to how important it is to rise up and support our fields, because every day, park and recreation professionals rise up for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. ACTIVENet is the proud software sponsor of National Park and Recreation Month.
At ACTIVE Network, we see on a daily basis how important parks are and the dedication and passion each one of you invest in taking care of your communities. As we honor National Park and Recreation Month, we wanted to share how some of our customers celebrate with fun ways they get the word out in their community!
"The California Park & Recreation Society has released a statewide public awareness campaign, 'Parks Make Life Better!®' to inform citizens of the many benefits of utilizing parks, facilities, programs, and services; now, therefore, be it resolved that the citizens of California recognize the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health, wellness, development, inspiration, and safety of all Californians; and be it further resolved, that we declare the month of July 2022 as “Parks Make Life Better!®” Month."
Michael Moran, Recreation Supervisor, Belmont Parks & Recreation
"Benton Parks and Recreation in Benton, AR celebrates National Park & Recreation Month with “Popsicles at the Pad” on July 16th. The event includes popsicles, bounce houses and more! It’s a fun time for the whole family!"
Stephanie Jones, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Benton, AR
"City of Cape Girardeau, MO celebrates Parks and Recreation Month with their free event that includes ice cream, prizes, crafts, and games...and much more!"
City of Cape Girardeau, MO
"In celebration of National Park & Rec Month, we will highlight divisions by showcasing all the hard work our staff does on social media, provide an appreciation opportunity to staff and invite them to a social gathering to hang out with staff outside of work. We will be inviting staff to attend the Sundown Sounds music concert (our summer concert series) on July 27 at Eastway Regional Recreation Center starting at 6pm. We will be handing out a sweet treats to staff at the Administrative Office."
Megan Keul, Marketing Coordinator Park and Recreation, Mecklenburg County, NC
Below are the divisional highlights taking place on social media:
July 1: Administration
July 8: Park Operations
July 15: Nature Centers and Preserves
July 22: Capital Planning
July 29: CRCS
"The City of McKinney, Texas celebrates National Parks & Recreation Month by playing RecQuest, an app-based scavenger hunt game. Explore their parks, facilities, activities, and special events to earn points towards a chance to win the grand prize. The challenge is a fun way to raise awareness of the amazing things happening in McKinney!"
Chris Hallmark, Marketing Coordinator – Apex Centre, City of McKinney
"The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation is celebrating Park and Recreation Month by inviting the community to share their experiences, memories and stories about what parks and recreation mean to them. NRPA and City of Fort Worth encourage everyone that supports parks and recreation to share how it has improved their quality of life, as well as why their local park and recreation professionals are important to them, on social media with the hashtag #RiseUpJuly."
Sheri Endsley, District Superintendent, City of Fort Worth