National Park & Recreation Month
Since 1985, the United States has celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance parks and recreation has in health and well-being.
This year, the National Park & Recreation Association (NRPA) recognizes the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals-along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers-that maintain our country's local, state and community parks. Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009 and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018. The services provided by park and recreation professionals are vital for our communities-from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, more than ever we need parks. Help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month by visiting your neighborhood or community park.