Pictured: Children smiling on a playground. Photo courtesy of City of Coral Gables, Florida.

Park and Recreation Month 2024: Where You Belong

For nearly 40 years, we have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. This month is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — who maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.  
 
This year's theme — “Where You Belong” celebrates the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningful connections. 
 
This Park and Recreation Month let’s unite and uplift the many reasons why local parks and recreation truly embodies the essence of belonging. Together, we can demonstrate why these spaces are Where You Belong.

 

Stay tuned for the Park and Recreation Month toolkit containing this year's official graphics, sample messaging and more!

Proclaim July as Park and Recreation Month In Your Community

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Proclaiming July as Park and Recreation Month is an opportunity for your community and local leadership to officially acknowledge the importance of parks and recreation and the benefits it provides to the people you serve.

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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 19. This is a day to celebrate all the dedicated professionals who build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

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Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest

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Submit your photos for the chance to be featured on the cover and in the pages of the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine! Submissions are due March 15.

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2024 Park and Recreation Month Toolkit

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The official Park and Recreation Month outreach toolkit, logo, poster and more will be available soon! Use these resources to help promote Park and Recreation Month in your community this July.

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