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Get ready to get your play on this July with WakeMed and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as WakeMed, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with our local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport to meeting your friends on the playground, Wake County parks and recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability.
NRPA and WakeMed are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves.
Wake County is filled with great green spaces and recreation areas, complete with fun activities for people of all ages and abilities. Celebrate Park and Recreation month by visiting some of these amazing parks.
Plan your visit.
Plan your visit.
During the month of July we invite people to visit their Raleigh parks as part of the celebration,” said Diane Sauer, Director, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. “Raleigh has 9,893 acres of park spaces to explore!”
The department created a “Raleigh Parks Bucket List” challenge that encourages people to get out into the parks and have fun while earning prizes. Patrons can simply stop by one of Raleigh’s facilities to pick up a bucket list to start playing.
Raleigh bucket list items include fun activities like touring the City of Raleigh Museum, racing horses with friends at the carousel at John Chavis Memorial Park and trying Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Five completed items will get you ride tickets to use at the Pullen Park train, carousel or the John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel. Complete ten or more items and you will get a super cool Raleigh Parks Summer Bucket List T-shirt. To learn more about the bucket list challenge check out the information here.
For information about Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, visit parks.raleighnc.gov or follow them on social media @raleighparks.
The Town of Rolesville has plans to purchase 116 acres to be used for the development of parks and recreational services. Rolesville parks and recreation leaders will begin planning for the site this fall. The town anticipates using the space for ball fields, open space, play areas and trails.
“It is a wonderful positive for the Town and most likely the biggest investment that the Town has even embarked on,” said Bryan Hicks, Town Manager for the Town of Rolesville.
Wake Forest offers an ever-expanding system of parks and greenways that connects our community, while providing opportunities for healthy and fun recreation. We are committed to preserving our open spaces and encourage citizens of all ages to get out, be active and experience first-hand all that nature has to offer. – Wake Forest Mayor, Vivian Jones
Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. We’d like to encourage you to share why you think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.
For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit www.nrpa.org/July.
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