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Posted on: June 23, 2017

This July, Go on a Play Date with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department!

Park and Recreation Month

Get ready to get your play on this July with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as the Dallas Park and Recreation Department play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground, your Dallas parks and recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability. NRPA and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves.

July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Dallas. Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values. We arleading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services. 

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department will celebrate Park and Recreation Month by focusing on a different area of play each week and invite you to participate along with us by uploading your photos in the comment section of our July is Park and Recreation Month social media posts. We want to see how our communities play in our parks! We will submit the best pictures to NRPA for a chance to be featured on their website using the hashtag #NRPAPlayChallenge.  In addition, upload your pictures to your social media pages and use #playonjuly and #NRPAPlayChallenge to show how you get your play on!

Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly. For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit

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