It is officially our favorite month of the year here on Open Space Radio, and I’m so excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month throughout July. Today’s episode is a short one, and you’re stuck with just me for a few minutes, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share some of the ways you can join in the Park and Recreation Month celebrations with us at NRPA.
Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize 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.
This year’s theme, “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation,” focuses on bringing awareness to how important it is to rise up and support our field, because every day, park and recreation professionals rise up for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. So, all month long, NRPA will be highlighting the amazing impact that park and recreation professionals are having on their communities – so right off the bat, make sure you’re following NRPA on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) to catch some of these amazing stories.
Tune in to the full episode below to learn how you can get involved in Park and Recreation Month this July, including:
- Downloading the Park and Recreation Month Toolkit, which includes the official logo, graphics, a really amazing poster, sample messaging, social media posts and much more
- Using the Park and Recreation Month Proclamation template so your local government can officially recognize July as Park and Recreation Month in your community
- Hosting a Park and Recreation Professionals Day celebration on Friday, July 15
- Signing up for NRPA’s advocacy alerts so you'll be the first to know about critical legislation and how to make your voice heard in Congress
- Donating $10 or more to NRPA during July and receive a We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation sticker
- Checking out the winning photo and story from this year’s Park and Recreation Month cover contest
- Posting your Park and Recreation Month photos on social media using #RiseUpJuly, and more!
Listen to the episode for the full story.