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July Is Parks and Recreation Month “We Are Parks and Recreation”

Since 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote the importance parks and recreation has in health and well-being, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

Collier County Parks and Recreation is one of only 171 park and recreation agencies in the country to currently hold National Accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

This July, Collier County Parks & Recreation is celebrating with the theme “We Are Parks and Recreation”.  The services that Collier County Parks & Recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to providing fitness programs, and, recently, providing essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities For more information, go to www.nrpa.org/july or search Twitter and Instagram using #WeAreParksAndRec.

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 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.

The Collier County Parks & Recreation Division invites you to visit one of our beautiful parks or beaches to
Be Healthy, Active & Playful. Our division strives to contribute to your quality of life. A balance between work and play, opportunities for personal growth and community involvement, and a sense of both belonging to and ownership of the place one inhabits are all fostered by the green spaces and recreation activities Parks and Recreation provides.

For more information visit collierparks.com or call the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 239-252-4000.

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