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06.27.12 July is “Recreation and Parks Month”

June 27, 2012

Media Contacts: Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
John Byrd, Director, Dept. of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4640

July is “Recreation and Parks Month”

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has declared July “Recreation and Parks Month,” joining the rest of the nation in a traditional kickoff to summer and a celebration of all the dedicated public service employees and volunteers who work so hard to provide recreation and leisure activities in their communities.

“July is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and all that Howard County has to offer. Whether you are paddling a boat around Centennial Lake, biking at the new Rockburn Skills Park, participating in a summer league or enjoying one of our popular free summer concerts, take a moment and thank the people who make it possible – the men and women of our Department of Recreation & Parks,” said County Executive Ulman.

The theme for the month is “Get Wild” in July, and the Department will sponsor everything from “wild” workouts and wellness events to a “wet and wild” pool party. In addition to the free concerts in July, Robinson Nature Center will give out complimentary tattoos and host a free NatureSphere Sneak Previews at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. for the first 50 visitors on July 1.

On July 18, the Gary J. Arthur Community Center will have free root beer floats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last; and on July 21, the Roger Carter Recreation Center will host a community pool party -- the first 100 guests will be admitted free. A complete list of July activities can be found at www.howardcountymd.gov/recandparksmonth.htm or by calling 410-313-4700.

“We’ve planned a wide variety of July activities that we hope will give you a reason to get out, get active and enjoy your leisure time in one of our parks, community centers or heritage sites,” said John Byrd, Director of the Dept. of Recreation & Parks.

Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has designated the month of July as Recreation and Parks Month. Recreation and Parks across the country annually use July to celebrate the kickoff of summer programming. Research shows that 75% of Americans live within two miles of a public park or recreation facility, and more than 75% of the population takes advantage of their local parks and recreation facilities.