Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize the full-time park and recreation professionals, and hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers, that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks. The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open spaces and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals and services bring to communities.
Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009, and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018. Park and recreation agencies across the nation (including Mansfield) are recognizing the month this July. This year, the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) selected the theme "Where Community Grows" to celebrate the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services and fostering the growth of our communities.
Please see the Mansfield Parks & Recreation Month Calendar for July 2023, and join us in celebrating the many recreation and parks services we are fortunate to have here in Mansfield!