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 more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.
Park and recreation agencies across the country are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations. The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks Make Life Better Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.
All month long, we’ll be highlighting the ways our community is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation. In celebration of Parks Make Life Better month, we have a variety of free activities lined up for community members of all ages and demographics. Some of the highlights include: Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade, Music in the Plaza, Family Movie Nights, Lunchtime Recess Thursdays in the Plaza, a Senior Slough Walk and Family Fun Day
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