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 2020 is “We are Parks and Recreation”.  You can join in celebrating by sharing your park and recreation story using the hashtag #WeAreParksAndRec.

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 books

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
A guide to the best public gardens to visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.  Organized and illustrated with beautiful photographs, it provides all the information you need to get the most out of your visit.

Portland Hill Walks: 24 Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods
This book features 24 mini adventures filled with hidden stairways, forests, and places to sit and eat.  This edition has five new walks and updated directions than are easy to follow.

Take a Walk Portland: More than 75 Walks in Natural Places from the Gorge to Hillsboro and Vancouver to Tualatin
This book features over 75 of the best routes and destinations in the Portland area.  Each route has distances, highlights for birders, and other notes about the trail.

Walking Portland: 33 Tours of Stumptown’s Funky Neighborhoods, Historic Landmarks, Parks, Farmers Markets and Brewpubs.
This book shows you how to become an urban walker through 33 self-guided tours that include gardens, landmarks, restaurants, food carts, shops, and galleries. Includes history, stories, and trivia about the area you are visiting.

Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas
A great resource for hikers, cyclists, kayakers or anyone wanting to engage with Portland’s greenspaces, mammals, birds, and plants.