City of Fresno PARCS Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN at Community Parks and Recreation this July
07/01/2014

FRESNO – Nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. That is why this July, the City of Fresno Parks, After School Recreation, and Community Services (PARCS) Department and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks and recreation during national Park and Recreation Month.

This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. From picnicking in the park, to holding a meeting outside, there are small ways you can make going OUT part of your daily routine. The parks and facilities run by the City of Fresno PARCS Department offers ample opportunities to go OUTside, get INspired, change your OUTlook and get INvolved.

Manuel Mollinedo, City of Fresno PARCS Director noted our mission is to provide quality parks and positive leisure opportunities that enrich the lives of all of our residents. Our programs impact over 1,100 children on a daily basis and touch the lives of young and old through quality programs and activities. I invite our community to visit and actively enjoy our parks and outdoor spaces during Park and Recreation Month.

City of Fresno PARCS will celebrate Park and Recreation Month through diverse activities at various parks throughout the City of Fresno that include:

  • Movies in the Park every Friday from June 20-August 15th at Eaton Plaza Park
  • Water Safety Awareness Day at Romain Park on July 3rd
  • Dedication of new park playground equipment at Willow-Balch Park on July 16th
  • Mosqueda Idol at Mosqueda Center on July 11th

In addition to getting involved in Park and Recreation Month locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN.

To learn more about getting OUTside and INvolved during Park and Recreation Month, visit www.fresno.gov/parks-rec and www.nrpa.org/July.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, 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.

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