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Parks & Recreation Month

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#DiscoverJuly

Win prizes, enjoy activities this July as Parks & Recreation Month

PRMonthLogo2018-Web-410Discover North Port’s parks and recreational opportunities this July as part of national Parks & Recreation Month. Participate, win prizes and make lasting memories this summer!

Lead by the National Recreation and Parks Association, Parks & Recreation Month was first designated in 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives. Each July, communities nationwide celebrate their parks and recreational opportunities. On June 7, the North Port City Commission proclaimed July as Parks & Recreation Month in North Port.

Several activities are planned for North Port residents this month, including:

  •  A month-long Parks & Recreation Bingo game in which participants complete fun activities and visit parks throughout the month of July, then return the Bingo card to be entered into a drawing for prizes.
  • A geocache event to discover the parks and an open house at the Morgan Family Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 21, 2018.
  • A “Discover a Name” campaign to find a name for a new boundless playground currently under construction at the Garden of Five Senses off Pan American Boulevard.

The City’s GMAC Summer Camp will also be joining the celebration in July by participating in a national dance routine and creating a video. The video will be submitted to the National Recreation and Parks Association for inclusion in an overall video of summer camps throughout the country.

The theme of the national campaign this year is “A Lifetime of Discovery” with the hashtag #DiscoverJuly. Follow the hashtag on social media to see what communities, including North Port, are doing throughout the month.

Want to get involved? Parks & Recreation is seeking in-kind prize sponsors for the variety of events in July. Prizes can include gift certificates or products. Businesses, organizations, and residents who would like to donate a prize should contact Program Coordinator Sarah Good at sgood@cityofnorthport.com.

For more information about Parks & Recreation Month, call (941) 429-7275 or visit www.cityofnorhtport.com/discoverjuly.