For the past 30 years, agencies across the nation have celebrated July as Park & Recreation Month in an effort to promote the important role that parks and outdoor spaces play in conservation, health and wellness. It’s also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those people who have made significant and positive change in their community through their efforts in promoting local park and recreation programs.
The National Recreation and Park Association notes that services provided through recreation are vital for communities – from protecting open space and natural resources, to helping fight obesity and chronic illnesses. Research shows that a majority of Americans said they personally benefit from local parks and that they’re worth the tax dollars spent on them.
In honor of this year’s celebration, the City’s Park & Recreation Department is encouraging all San Diegans to discover what their local parks, open spaces and recreation facilities have to offer. Of the 41,000 acres of developed and undeveloped open space in San Diego, there are more than 340 parks and 57 recreation centers that offer both free and paid programs for kids and adults throughout the year.
Services provided through the City benefit people of all ages, abilities and income levels. From providing free beach access with motorized wheelchairs to those with mobility impairments and catching a free family movie in the park to teaching little ones about nature and the fundamentals of working others, there is something to do for everyone!
So get outside and explore! Click here to find something fun to do with your family this month.
To view all summer programs and activities, visit sdrecconnect.com.
Join the conversation all month long. Search #SuperJuly on social media.