Did you know people across the United States have been celebrating Park and Recreation Month in July since 1985? That’s right…for nearly forty years, Park and Recreation Month has promoted building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation 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 national, state and community parks.

In fact, 275 million people in the United States visited a local park or recreation facility at least once during the past year, and nearly three in four U.S. residents have at least one local park, playground, open space or recreation center within walking distance of their homes. With numbers like that, there’s no question that parks are paramount in helping our community grow.

In Hendricks County, hundreds of neighbors have taken advantage of the Summer Fun Run during the last three months. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, offering 12 different parks and trails to visit. Another great way to celebrate and show your appreciation for our community’s parks is simply by making a donation. When you support PFOHC, you’re supporting the greatest needs of our local parks and trails.

This month (and always) we celebrate the vital role parks play in bringing people together, providing essential services and fostering the growth of our communities. We encourage everyone who supports parks and recreation to share how it has impacted their lives with the hashtags #WhereCommunityGrows and #ParksAndRecMonth23. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/July.