Get ready to unlock a lifetime of discovery this July with Astoria 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, such as Astoria Parks and Recreation, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about highlighting the unique — and sometimes unknown — offerings of local parks and recreation facilities. From STEM programming to innovative health and wellness opportunities, Astoria parks and recreation facilities have a wide variety of beneficial programs. NRPA and the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department are encouraging everyone to get out there and discover everything that is offered at their local parks and rec facilities!
In Astoria, you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by stopping by any of our facilities with your children to pick up a fun “Lifetime of Discovery” Activity Book and jump rope, post your pictures of our parks, and participate in our weekly photo contests on Facebook using hashtag #DiscoverAstoriaParks. You can also take the time to go to our website to download our calendar of events and visit a park or facility you haven’t been to in a while.
“July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Astoria,” said Angela Cosby, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values.”
Astoria Parks and Recreation 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. We offer Zumba Gold for our 55 and better community, Family Yoga, a Stretch and Strengthen Aquatics Class, and much more!
Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them the unique things they’ve discovered at their local parks. NRPA also encourages everyone that support parks and recreation to share something new they’ve discovered with the hashtag #DiscoverJuly. For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit www.nrpa.org/July.
Learn about the exciting Park and Recreation Month activities planned for Astoria and more at www.astoriaparks.com/Parks_and_Recreation_Month.aspx or visit our Facebook page at @AstoriaParkandRec and our Instagram Page at @Astoria_Parks