Get Your Play On

This July, discover the power of play and adventure. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. During Park and Recreation Month, NRPA is challenging everyone to get their play on with their local parks and recreation. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand.

Park and Recreation Month Resources

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2017 Park and Recreation Month is sponsored by Barbie Dance Academy. 


Official Supporters of Park and Recreation Month

  • Active Living Research
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • America Walks
  • The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
  • CBS EcoMedia
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Lakeshore Foundation
  • Marathon Kids
  • National Afterschool Association
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability
  • National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers
  • National Park Trust
  • Niagara Bottling
  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)
  • Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
  • Salud America!
  • Southwest Airlines
  • World Waterpark Association

Park and Recreation Month 2017 is also supported by the following park and recreation state associations: 

  • Colorado Parks & Recreation Association
  • Florida Recreation and Park Association
  • Michigan Recreation and Park Association
  • Missouri Park & Recreation Association
  • New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association
  • North Carolina Recreation & Park Association
  • Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society
  • Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society
  • Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association

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