Park and Recreation Month 2021: Our Park and Recreation Story

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Every park has a history made up of thousands of stories that help to define it. This July, let’s tell our park and recreation story and provide opportunities for everyone in our communities to create their own stories, as well.

Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more. Local parks have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of your community members finding a new appreciation for the essential spaces you manage and vital programs you provide. This year for Park and Recreation Month, we want to hear your community’s stories about what their local parks and recreation means to them.

This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is “Our Park and Recreation Story,” and we want to highlight the stories of how your communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation. Be sure to follow along and encourage your community to share their park and recreation stories on social media using #OurParkAndRecStory.

Be sure to check out the pages below and stay tuned as we’ll be updating this page regularly and releasing supporting materials, such as the outreach toolkit, poster, and other ways you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month with NRPA, your community and your peers this July. And, make sure you download the official logo in the toolkit below!

Park and Recreation Month is sponsored by:

Merrell

ACTIVE Network

 

2021 Park and Recreation Month Toolkit

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The official Park and Recreation Month logo, poster, calendar, social media cover photos and outreach toolkit are available now! Use these resources to help promote Park and Recreation Month in your community this July!

Get the Toolkit

Park and Recreation Month: Our Community Poem

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NRPA is partnering with bestselling author Kwame Alexander and our parks and recreation community to produce “Our Park and Recreation Poem.” You are invited to submit original poems — or meaningful thoughts and phrases that you create — about parks and recreation. The final piece will represent the combined ideas of our community and will be showcased online at the end of July and during the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

Submit Your Poem

Park and Recreation Professionals Day

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This year we are celebrating Park and Recreation Professionals Day on Friday, July 16. 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

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 acknowledge the importance of parks and recreation and the benefits they provide to the people you serve.

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How to Tell #OurParkAndRecStory: Storytelling Through Video

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We hosted a storytelling webinar with Filmmaker Casey Stein on Tuesday, May 25, that gave park and recreation professionals the skills needed to effectively interview community members, capture their stories and share them through compelling video. You can view the recording here!

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Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest

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Check out the story behind the winning photo of this year's Park and Recreation Month cover contest.

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Park and Recreation Month Swag

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This year, Fun Express is offering custom Park and Recreation Month apparel and accessories for all NRPA members!

Get Your Swag

Win a Pair of Shoes from Merrell

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As a proud sponsor of Park and Recreation Month, Merrell is celebrating the amazing work that local park and recreation professionals do to increase access to the outdoors for everyone in their communities. In recognition of these dedicated professionals, Merrell will donate a free pair of shoes to 10 lucky park and recreation professionals.

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