The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) designated July as America’s official Park and Recreation month in 1985. The goal of this month is to both encourage people to explore, enjoy and celebrate our local area parks and recreation centers, and to give recognition to the hundreds of thousand of full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers and volunteers who help maintain our country’s local, state, and community parks. The theme for July 2023 is “Where Community Grows” and was chosen to celebrate the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services and fostering the growth of our communities. Park and Recreation Professionals Day is Friday, July 21, 2023! This is a day to celebrate all of the dedicated professionals who build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.