Park and Recreation Month

This July we’re celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world.
Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity. Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009.

Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community, serving millions of people as the places anyone can go to be active, live healthier, connect with nature and gather together. Parks and recreation make our lives and communities better. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future.

Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value parks and recreation bring to communities.  Show your appreciation for parks by visiting one this month.  

The Chicago Park District and NRPA (National Recreation & Park Association) invite you to get out and visit your neighborhood park, as well as other Chicago parks during national Park and Recreation Month.  Need some suggestions, try these: