Successful Park and Recreation Month
July has been celebrated as Park and Recreation Month since 1985 to demonstrate the importance of local parks across the country. Spearheaded by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), this year they asked America to share what they love about their local parks and recreation. This question hit home with park lovers everywhere. Even before July had started, pictures and stories were popping up everywhere with the hashtag #ParkRecLuv prominently showing each individual’s love of their parks and rec.
Throughout the month, NRPA encouraged park and recreation agencies and citizens alike to show the love by submitting photos, sharing stories and filling in the blank on a poster that read: “I love my Park and Recreation because____.” After 2,327 votes in their Facebook photo contest and #ParkRecLuv being used more than 800 times on social media, the love for parks and rec was felt around the country.
While July has ended, NRPA is already looking to next year’s Park and Recreation Month celebration. They want YOU to choose the 2014 theme. If you have a great idea, share it! It just might be what rallies America around local parks and rec in 2014.