July is designated National Park and Recreation Month and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) began the celebration with a Board of Commissioners’ proclamation held on July 1, followed by special events including music, games, swimming, food and more the rest of the month. This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. The parks in Gwinnett county offer ample opportunities to go outside, get inspired, change the outlook and get involved.
Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This July, GCPR and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks with various events. There will be ongoing events like Walk the Talks, Kid’s Art Show and Flat Ray, Flat Rosie and Flat Rosco. The characters’ coloring pages can be downloaded from www.gwinnettparks.com or young artists can stop by any of the Community Recreation Centers to pick up coloring pages to participate throughout the month. GCPR is encouraging everyone to have their pictures taken with the characters and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on the website throughout the month. GCPR is also sponsoring an art show featuring artwork submitted by park patrons to any Community Recreation Center. The art will be displayed throughout the month of July. Other events are below:
In addition to getting involved in National Park and Recreation Month locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN. To learn more about getting OUTside and INvolved during National Park and Recreation Month, visit www.gwinnettparks.com and www.nrpa.org/July.