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STMA is Ready for National Park and Recreation Month!

Park and Recreation Month was created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and has been celebrated in America for the last 30 years. During the month of July we specifically highlight the vital and essential role local park and recreation professionals play in conservation, health and well-being, and social equity efforts in communities across the country.

Park and recreation professionals provide many services that are vital for our communities — they protect natural resources and open spaces, provide fitness programs, and, most recently, they are providing essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.

STMA Park and Recreation members can get involved by doing the following:

  • Using the official logo and the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec throughout the month.
  • Sharing what being a park and recreation professional means to you on social media with the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec.
  • Participating in Park and Recreation Professionals Day on July 17, 2020.
  • Downloading the official Park and Recreation Month poster and hanging it up, taking pictures with it or sharing copies of it with your community.
  • Participating in the “Thank a Park and Recreation Professional” contest throughout the month.

NRPA encourages everyone that supports parks and recreation to share how it has impacted their lives with the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec. They are also encouraging people to get creative throughout the month by participating in the Thank a Park and Rec Pro contest. Film a video thanking a park and recreation professional in your community for the services they provide and post it on social media using the hashtag #ThankAParkAndRecPro for a chance to win prizes throughout July! For more information about Park and Recreation month, visit www.nrpa.org/July.