July is designated National Park and Recreation Month and Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation (GCPR) is kicking off the celebration with special events including music, games, swimming, food and more! This year, GCPR is introducing two new members eager to explore the wonderful parks in Gwinnett County. The lovable characters are Flat Ray and Flat Rosie, based on the Flat Stanley project. The characters’ coloring pages can be downloaded from or young artists can stop by any of the Community Recreation Centers to pick up coloring pages and participate throughout the month. GCPR is encouraging everyone to have their pictures taken with Flat Ray and Rosie exploring the parks. Pictures can be emailed to and will be featured on the website throughout the month.

GCPR is also sponsoring an art show. Artwork depicting the theme “Explore Your Park” can be submitted by park patrons to any Community Recreation Center. The art will be displayed throughout the month of July.

“Park and Recreation Month reminds citizens of the vital role that parks and recreation play in Gwinnett’s communities,” said Tina Fleming, Director of Operations, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation. “I can’t think of a better reason for citizens to get out and experience the positive health effects, social interaction, and connection to nature that comes with a vibrant and supported park system.”

There will be several events at various parks during July, where GCPR staff and sponsors will share ways for citizens to “Get Up, Get Out, and Explore their Parks.”

National Park & Recreation Month Events are as follows:

Date                    Event                                     Time                    Location

July 8                  Brown Bag Concert               10 a.m.                Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

July 13                Bark at the Park                     10 a.m.                Rabbit Hill Park

July 15                Therapeutic Recreation*       6:30 p.m.             Dacula Park Activity Building

Family Fun Night

July 23                National Hot Dog Day            10 a.m.                Bay Creek Park

July 28                InterCamp Games                 10 a.m.                Bogan Park

July 30                Splash & Bash                        1 p.m.                  Rhodes Jordan Park Pool

*Therapeutic Recreation offers specialized and inclusive programs for those with special needs.


Community Recreation Centers:

Bogan Park Community Recreation Center • 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford • 770.614.2060

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center • 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee • 770.831.4173

Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center • 4651 Britt Road, Norcross • 770.723.9516

Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center • 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross • 770.417.2200

Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center • 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville • 770.822.5414

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