This July we‚Äôre celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. From the start, parks were created to serve the people‚Äîto give them a place to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and have fun. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future. This July, let‚Äôs celebrate the past, present and future of parks and recreation!
Magic happens every day at local parks. A child‚Äôs first soccer goal, a grandmother picking the summer‚Äôs first tomato from the community garden, a family discovering a nest full of eggs hatching on their nature walk.
The movement to connect kids to nature and the outdoors has surged in recent years. Inspired by seminal thinkers such as Richard Louv in his ground-breaking book, ‚ÄúThe Last Child in the Woods,‚Äù parents, educators, and parks and recreation professionals have¬†seen the need to allow kids to have unstructured free-play time in nature. Sending kids off to play in the woods, however, may not be feasible or realistic, but providing safe, managed, natural play and learning places is an ideal solution for parks, schools and neighborhoods.
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities!
Whether located on base/post or out in the community, you are sure to find great programs and fun at your local park.