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Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Declares July as Park and Recreation Month

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has declared July as Park and Recreation Month, joining National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and parks and recreation organizations nationwide in celebrating the profession and its benefits. The declaration came during Washtenaw County’s Board of Commissioners’ June 5th meeting at the County’s Administration building located at 220 N Main St., Ann Arbor. 

 According to NRPA, National Park and Recreation Month has been celebrated in July for nearly 40 years. The purpose of National Park and Recreation Month is to “promote building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities.” NRPA’s theme for this year is “Where You Belong”, which aims to cultivate a sense of community and offer accessible spaces for all to enjoy. Each week of National Park and Recreation Month has different themes, including “Being an Advocate for Belonging and A Kinship with the Land”. These themes will be highlighted by Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation via social media, print material, and online publications. 

 “Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation strives to foster diverse recreation opportunities that reflect the needs and well-being of our community. Whether you’re interested in hiking or biking through scenic nature landscapes, meeting up with friends to play pickleball or basketball at our recreation center, or getting the family together for a picnic or party at one of our park pavilions, our goal is to provide these spaces where you belong.” Coy Vaughn, Director of Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. 

 WCPARC invites all who appreciate parks, preserves, trails, and recreation facilities to share their stories on their sense of belonging within our park systems. Social media users can do so by ‘tagging’ WCPARC accounts and using the hashtag #WhereYouBelong. Above all, we hope you enjoy Park and Recreation Month in Washtenaw County and beyond.