Saline Parks & Rec Offers Many Opportunities for Play in July

 07/05/2017 - 16:05
Families set up tents at Mill Pond Park during a the Family Campout in 2015 (Photo by Bob Conradi)

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get your play on. This July, discover the power of play with Saline Parks & Recreation as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including Cardio Drumming, Yoga in the Park, Rec on the Go, Family Campout and Movie in the Park.          

Saline Parks & Recreation is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.

“Parks and recreation is really about the people behind the parks and programs.  An army of volunteers who serve you and your children in countless ways supports our professional staff.  These generous men and women, boys and girls, do everything from pick up trash from our parks to help teach kids to swim. They are the unsung heroes who coach our kids’ teams, help them meet new friends, explore their creativity and feel good about themselves. Park volunteers also help our staff protect our 200 acres of parkland including trails, wildlife and open space.

On behalf of the entire department I pay tribute to the many volunteers who contribute countless hours to our city.  Their tireless work saves our economy hundreds of dollars every year.  Together, park and recreation staff and volunteers ensure that Saline is, a wonderful place to live, work and play ... today and for generations to come.” Says Carla Scruggs, Saline Parks & Recreation Director

NRPA is celebrating the month by hosting a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. Visit www.nrpa.org/July for more information on how to participate. Entries can be submitted via the hashtag #NRPAPlayChallenge. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.cityofsaline.org/parks  and www.nrpa.org/July

About  the Saline Parks & Recreation Department

Since 1991, the Saline Parks & Recreation Department and the Saline Rec Center has been a focal point for the Saline Area community, offering a wide variety of indoor and outdoor fitness and recreational activities through its sports, exercise and aquatics facilities.  The 43,000-square-foot facility features two indoor pools; well-equipped exercise and weight rooms; basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts; an indoor track; and much more.  The 13 Saline parks encompass over 200 acres of park land. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, walking trails, softball fields, sand volleyball courts, a disc golf course, play structures and picnic areas.

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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