National Recreation and Park Association  

Celebrates Parks and Recreation Month July 2017

Get ready to get your play on this July with Arizona Parks and Recreation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation to include: play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.

This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground. Your parks and recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability. NRPA and Arizona Parks and Recreation Association are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves. 

Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly. There are several ways your agency can celebrate and share how to "Get Your Play On" For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit

NRPA has provided several tools to help your agency get started:

Get Your Play On - Tool Kit

Get Your Play On - Graphics, templates, media materials

Get Your Play On - Quick Start Guide

Get Your Play On - Activity Book

Webinar: How to make the most of Park and Recreation Month

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