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Be a Part of July’s Parks and Rec Month

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on July 16, 2021

On July 12, 2021, during a regular Council Meeting, the Brooksville City Council proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month.

Since 1985, people throughout the United States have celebrated Parks and Recreation Month during the month of July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. In 2009, the US House of Representatives officially passed a resolution designating July as Park and Recreation Month.

July also offers the opportunity to recognize the dedicated professionals on Park and Recreation Professionals Day, held on July 16, 2021, by honoring those who work behind the scenes. It is estimated that more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals maintain our country’s community parks and programs as well as the hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers,

Brooksville Proclaims July Parks and Recreation Month

The City of Brooksville recognizes the benefits derived from parks and recreation programs and believes they are an integral part of the City and to the numerous communities throughout this country. Local parks have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members found a new appreciation for these essential spaces and programs that parks and recreation provide.

With that in mind, this year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month, Our Park and Recreation Story,” is an opportunity to highlight the stories of how communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.

Parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region. Furthermore, parks and recreation programs build healthy, active communities that aid in the prevention of chronic disease, provide therapeutic recreation services for those who are mentally or physically disabled, as well as improving the mental and emotional health of all citizens.

Get involved in Parks and Recreation Month

In addition, parks and recreation areas are fundamental to the environmental well-being of our community. The parks and natural recreation areas improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, and produce habitat for wildlife.

Parks and recreation programs also increase a community’s economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of the local tax base, increased tourism, attraction and retention of businesses, as well as aids in crime reduction.

The Brooksville City Council calls upon and encourages all citizens to join in this observance and understands the important work of its Park and Recreation professionals.

Community members are invited to get involved in Park and Recreation Month by:

  • Sharing stories from your community members about what parks and recreation mean to them on social media with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.
  • Honor all the dedicated professionals on Park and Recreation Professionals Day, July 16, 2021.
  • Submitting a poem for the collective “Our Park and Recreation Poem” with bestselling author Kwame Alexander. https://www.nrpa.org/events/july/park-and- recreation-month-our-community-poem/
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.

For more information about Park and Recreation Month and to find additional resources visit: www.nrpa.org/July.

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