Parks and Rec Month

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Logo for Parks and Rec Month text reads "We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation"

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Park and Recreation Month. A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks and recreation has on communities across the U.S. 

We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation and all the professionals who build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. This July, we are bringing attention to how important it is to rise up and support our field, because every day, park and recreation professionals rise up for their communities in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. There’s no better way to celebrate Park and Recreation Month than by highlighting the people who faithfully serve their communities all year long. Join us this July as “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation!”

Parks & Rec Month Photo Contest

Each year we celebrate Park and Recreation Month with a photo contest. The photo must be taken at a City event or program, or in a City park. Send us your photos via Facebook message or by email to [email protected]

These stories and photos will be entered into a competition to choose this year's Holiday Parade Grand Marshal - an opportunity for you and your family to lead the Holiday Parade in December! Photo submissions are due by July 22nd and the winner will be announced on July 30th.

Sharks in the Park at City Center

Port Orange Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Port Orange Public Library to bring you this summer's Sharks in the Park search! All month long, sharks will be hiding in the trees around City Center Park! Visit the park, search for all the sharks hiding in the park, and report your findings at

Link to Sharks in the Park Flyer - Click Here

Parks and Rec Month Calendar

Click here for the link to a PDF of the Parks and Rec Month calendar created by Port Orange Parks and Recreation.  This printable calendar is full of activities and ideas to help you enjoy the Parks and Recreation opportunities available to you in the City of Port Orange.

Follow us on Facebook @PortOrangeParks to see all of the fun we have planned for the month of July and year-round! For more information on Parks and Recreation month, go to

#PortOrangeParks     #RiseUpJuly

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