Stay tuned! The theme for Park and Recreation Month 2021, as well as supporting resources, will be available soon!

Park and Recreation Month 2020: We Are Parks and Recreation

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Every day, in communities across the country, the people of parks and recreation are providing essential services and making their communities better places to live, work and play. Because of their critical work, NRPA wants to shift the narrative of parks and recreation — and we can't think of a better time to start this movement than Park and Recreation Month.

This July, we will begin to redefine the field of parks and recreation as an essential, vital necessity by sharing how park and recreation professionals are frontline staff, confronting our most pressing health, environmental and social challenges.

This year's theme is "We Are Parks and Recreation," and we want to highlight the diversity of park and recreation professionals and showcase their selfless work. It’s Park and Recreation Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by lifting up the people who make it happen all year long. You can join us in celebrating throughout the month by sharing your park and recreation story using the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec.


2020 Park and Recreation Month Toolkit

2020 Park and Rec Month Toolkit

This is where you can find the official Park and Recreation Month logo, poster, outreach toolkit and everything else you'll need to promote Park and Recreation Month in your community.

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Park and Recreation Professionals Day

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This year we are celebrating Park and Recreation Professionals Day on Friday, July 17. This is a day to honor all the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the high-quality programs and infrastructure we desire and expect in our parks and public spaces.

Save the Date

Celebrating YOU this July

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Stay tuned as we highlight 52 park and recreation professionals each day throughout the month of July on NRPA’s social media pages and in the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Thank a Park and Recreation Professional

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This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is "We Are Parks and Recreation" and we want you to help us celebrate by participating in the #ThankAParkAndRecPro contest.

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Park and Recreation Month Swag

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This year, Fun Express is offering special discounts on customizable Park and Recreation Month T-shirts and water bottles for all NRPA members.

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News Stories

3.4.21Top Story

NRPA: $166B impact from local parks and rec

3.4.21Around the Country

City adds rec offerings despite less revenue, staffing

3.4.21Around the Country

Campgrounds at Ky. state parks to be available next week