Aside from Independence Day and debilitating heat, July is also Park and Recreation Month! Promoted by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month is dedicated to encouraging people to embrace outdoor activities and experience their local parks system. It’s a time for us to recognize the importance of physical health and the pivotal role that outdoor adventuring plays in our wellbeing. Whether it’s a kickball league, hiking trail, or nature class, you can find the perfect way to celebrate this month in your local parks!
If you’re having trouble figuring out a place to start, here are a few ideas to start getting that body moving!
- Find some local nature trails and explore. Discovering new places to become one with nature is never boring. Bring your bikes or pups along for added fun!
- Look in your area for an outdoor fitness class. Many communities offer sessions like yoga or interval training at a local park.
- Go swimming. Whether you’re taking a dip in a lake or just going for a casual swim in the community pool, this is the best way to cool off and stay active at the same time.
- Collect cool rocks or seashells. Live near a beach? Take a long walk, and keep your eyes open for shelf-worthy items. Make a game out of it, and the kids will have a blast.
- Have a picnic. Go out to a local park and bring a blanket, food, and a frisbee (or any toy of your choice). Enjoy your picnic, and spend the day in the sun.
- Take your dog to a dog park and release all of that pent-up energy! This is an easy way to mix things up from the normal walk around the block, and Fido can make some new friends!
- Engage the rest of your community in what you’re doing to celebrate Park and Recreation Month by posting your pictures of your adventures on social media using the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.
If you own a small business closely associated with the outdoor recreation industry, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved in the month as well! Visit the National Recreation and Park Association’s website for a comprehensive toolkit to help you promote staying active and visiting the local parks.
- Print the Park and Recreation Month poster and hang it around the community at community events, inside your facilities, and anywhere else that will stand out.
- Download the social media and press release templates and fill them in to make your community aware of Park and Recreation Month.
- Post the infographic on social media with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.
- Download the customizable calendar to fill in all of your outdoor events and post on your website and social media.
This is the best time of year to be outside, so get out there and enjoy it while you can! Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to stay active, learn more about your community, and spend quality time with family and friends.
If you come back from your park adventures and want to enjoy the outdoor space at your own home, give your local Mosquito Joe a call to make sure you spend more time playing and less time swatting. Mosquito Joe rids your yard of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, making outside fun again for you and your family. Happy Park and Recreation Month from our family to yours!