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National Parks and Recreation Month


National Parks and Recreation Month

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) designated July as America’s official Park and Recreation month in 1985. This month is the perfect time to explore, enjoy, and celebrate our local area parks and recreational centers.

The theme for July 2021 is “Our Park and Recreation Story”. Every person has a park story. Every park has a history made up of thousands of stories that help to define it. This July, let’s tell our park and recreation story. You can join in celebrating by sharing your park and recreation story using the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory.

Local parks and recreation areas

City of Portland Parks & Recreation
There is so much to explore with Portland Parks and Recreation. Find your local pool, park or center and take a class, go for a swim, reserve a picnic site, or enjoy some natural beauty.

Beaverton Parks and Recreation
The City of Beaverton is committed to providing excellent recreational and park services to its residents and visitors. From large open green spaces to sports activities, Beaverton offers something for everyone.

City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation
Hillsboro offers hundreds of programs year-round for all ages including recreational, educational, youth development and cultural classes, adult sports leagues and elementary and middle school after-school programs and summer camp.

Metro Parks and Natural Areas
Explore 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas across the Portland metropolitan region.” Includes an interactive park finder.

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District
Offers more than 39 parks, 25 natural areas, 15 miles of trails including the 6-mile Trolley Trail, Mount Talbert Nature Park, and three facilities: Hood View Sports Complex, the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, and the Milwaukie Center.

City of Tigard Parks and Recreation
The City of Tigard provides healthy and diverse recreational opportunities through programs, events, parks, and natural areas, for all ages and abilities.

Recommended ebooks

Dispossessing: The Wilderness Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks
National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of this country’s most cherished wilderness landscapes. While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation of these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal.

The Park Builders: A History of State Parks in the Pacific Northwest
This book includes the unique history of individuals who shaped the park movement in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Wildlife Watching in America’s National Parks – A Seasonal Guide
America’s national parks are home to some of nature’s great wildlife spectacles. This book focuses on twelve animals that have been imperiled and at risk, but are now protected within the National Park System.