Every July, the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA), along with numerous municipalities and agencies across America, celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month. We take this month to recognize the importance of parks and recreation and the role it plays in establishing and maintaining quality of life for residents and visitors and by contributing to the physical, economic, and environmental well-being of Huntington Beach.
City parks and open spaces have been proven to enhance physical and psychological health, strengthen local communities, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work. Parks and recreation facilities provide residents and visitors opportunities for physical activity that help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. There are multiple social, environmental, economic, and health-related benefits parks bring to a community.
What’s Your Parks Story?
Every person likely has their own park story. Every park has a history made up of thousands of stories that help to define it. Whether you took a recreation class at a community center or celebrated a birthday at one of our 88 parks, your story ties you to a wider community history of parks and recreation here in Huntington Beach. This July, we encourage our residents and visitors to share their park and recreation story.
Our local parks are filled with possibilities and potential. Parks are places you can find a new favorite sport, hobby, or recreational activity, gather with friends and family, celebrate life’s special moments, enjoy leisure and physical activities, and so much more. Parks and beaches have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with members of the community finding a new appreciation for these essential spaces.
This year for Park and Recreation Month, we want to hear YOUR parks and rec stories about what your local parks and recreation means to you.
This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is “Our Park and Recreation Story,” and we want to highlight the stories of how our communities are more strong, vibrant and resilient because of parks and recreation. We encourage our Surf City community to share your park and recreation stories on social media and tag @hbcommunityservices and use the hashtag #MyHBParksAndRecStory!