July is Parks and Recreation Month

July is Parks & Recreation Month

Dickinson Parks & Recreation is celebrating National Parks & Recreation Month. We’ve planned a month long celebration, make sure to join in the FUN!!

This year’s theme — “Where You Belong” celebrates the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningful connections. 

This Park and Recreation Month let’s unite and uplift the many reasons why local parks and recreation truly embodies the essence of belonging. Together, we can demonstrate why these spaces are Where You Belong.

Join us for these special events!

  • July 1-29 – Selfie Scavenger Hunt (see details below)
  • July 11 – FREE admission to Patterson Lake Recreation Area with a Beach Party from 3:00-6:00 pm.
  • July 18 – FREE ice skating at the West River Ice Center from 1:30-3:30 pm.
  • July 19 – Parks & Recreation Professionals Day.
  • July 25 – FREE green fees at Heart River Golf Course from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • July 25 – FREE admission to the West River Community Center and the West River Pool Party from 12:00-7:00 pm.

Why do we celebrate Parks & Recreation Month?

  • Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote 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 local, state and community parks.
  • Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009, and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018.
  • Park and recreation agencies across the nation are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.
  • The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open spaces and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people.
  • Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.
  • It’s time to share why local parks and recreation is Where Community Grows! NRPA encourages everyone who supports parks and recreation to share how it has improved their community on social media using #WhereCommunityGrows.
  • For more information, visit nrpa.org/july.

Selfie Scavenger Hunt!

Each Monday in July, we will publish on our social media the riddles for the week which will take you to various parks and facilities around Dickinson. In order to win a prize, take a selfie at the location and tag @dickinsonparks on social media. At the end of the month, stop by our office to show us where you’ve been and redeem your prize!

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