CRETE | Why do you love your local parks and recreation? Can you answer the question? Crete Park District and the National Recreation and Park Association believe people in Crete can and are seeking the most creative answers during National Park and Recreation Month this July. This year, Crete Park District’s program of activities for Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to show and share the love for park districts.
The 2013 theme of “I [heart] my Park and Recreation” encourages individuals, families, friends, and park-lovers everywhere to venture to their local parks and recreation areas to experience the many benefits they offer, such as programs to inspire healthy, active lifestyles and activities to appreciate nature and the environment. Paramount to this year’s theme is the fill-in-the-blank social media poster that people can use to say why they love their local parks and recreation.
“We are providing kids and adults with opportunities for growth, both physically and mentally," said Crete Park District Assistant Director Therese Hale. "We believe in teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork through our sports programs, grace and agility through dance, gymnastics and show choir, engineering through Lego camps, and sometimes it’s just about fun. We provide ample opportunity for people to spend quality time with kids and grandkids away from everyday stresses and interruptions. It’s our goal everyday to improve the quality of life in Crete and the surrounding towns, reminding people to take time for fun. These days our lives can get overwhelming and Crete Park District reminds us each to take a deep breath, be strong and enjoy life.”
Crete Park District will celebrate Park and Recreation Month with their Camp Unplugged and Sports Camp, showing kids how to once again play using imagination and friends instead of plugging to a video game, TV, tablet or computer. They will also host a free Movie in the Park at dusk on July 19. The event will take place in Crete Park, 515 First St. Families are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs and bug spray to enjoy a great night of relaxation outside.
In addition to getting involved in Park and Recreation Month locally, people can also share the love for parks and recreation on a grander scale through the Show UR Love photo contest. During the month of July, people can upload photos taken at a local park or during a Crete Park District program on the Crete Park District Facebook page. A $25 gift certificate to Crete Park District will be awarded to the winning photo to be determined by the Crete Park Pals Board in August.
During each week of July, the National Recreation and Park Association will have a different theme that people can follow to snap pictures in their local parks and recreation. Submit photos that show the love for local parks and recreation to the association through Facebook to be entered into the contest. The association will award weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of the month.
To learn how to show the love during Park and Recreation Month, visit Cretepark.com and www.NRPA.org/july-love.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 30,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, the association encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.