We’re telling ‘Our Park and Recreation Story’ this July

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff and board at the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County (PFOHC), play in building stronger, more vibrant and more resilient communities all across the country.

Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, the location of a fun summer camp, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more.

In Hendricks County you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month by participating in the Summer Fun Run, presented by Hendricks Regional Health. This run / walk series offers a tour of 14 different parks and trails from May through the end of August. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still plenty of time to join the fun!

“July is the perfect time to highlight all the stories, memories and experiences that our parks and trails provide,” said PFOHC Executive Director Katy Cummings. “We encourage everyone in our community to come create their own park and recreation story with us this July.”

PFOHC is leading 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. When you support PFOHC, you’re supporting the greatest needs of our local parks and trails.

Share how parks have impacted your life with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/July.