July Is Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance parks and recreation has in health and well-being, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.

We Are Parks and Recreation! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month with the National Recreation and Park Association by highlighting the people who make sure our parks and programs are well-maintained, safe, inclusive and welcoming.

Meet a few of our dedicated Park and Recreation Professionals