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Thursday, August 11, 2022

To celebrate the month of Parks and Recreation – Washington Hispanic

Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature. They are places to gather with friends and family, places to celebrate special moments in life, places of relaxation and healing, places that connect us to essential community services, and more.

Since 1985, the United States has celebrated July as the country’s official Parks and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), this month serves to highlight the impact of parks and recreation on our community.

Following this year’s theme, ‘We Rise for Parks and Recreation’, the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month, a program in which our communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient thanks to parks has given. Entertainment. We are committed to inclusion, environmental resilience, physical health, mental health, access to sport and ‘rising up’ for our community.

Here are some of the ways we hope you too will rise and join us this month and throughout the year. There’s something for everyone!

rising to join

At the Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, we are committed to creating a community of choice for all residents with equal access to programs, classes, camps and activities. From Paint Night to Zumba and adaptive aquatic programs, you can check out some of our customized programs here.

Harbor Drive Wellness Park, which opened earlier this year, is the first exclusive wellness park in the county’s Okoquan district, providing residents with universal fitness equipment accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities.

George Helwig Memorial Park provides a family-friendly environment for visitors of all ages and recreational interests. The park also includes a miracle area designed for people with disabilities.

This summer, the Prince William Parks Foundation launched its Count Me In scholarship pilot program. Scholarships were available to eligible families living in Prince William County and 103 unique scholarships were awarded. The pilot program provided scholarships to cover the cost of one week of programming in the 2022 Summer Camp Guide.

rising to environmental resilience

Did you know that parks tend to be cooler than surrounding cities and that parks contribute to overall urban cooling? In other words, parks make our cities more comfortable in the summer. We encourage you to get outside and explore one of the many parks, outdoor trails or nature programs this summer.

Our beautiful Nebsco Creek Boardwalk is the perfect place to take some fresh air and take a stroll. For kids, our Science in the Park is a great way to get outside while the kids are learning.

While you’re enjoying the outdoors, don’t forget to dispose of the trash properly and “keep it litter-free at the PWC.” The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is a proud community partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The mission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is to provide innovative education, skills, and research to help people care for the outdoors.

Increased access to physical health, mental well-being and sports

Living near parks and other recreational facilities is consistently associated with higher levels of physical activity for both adults and youth. In addition, parks provide a connection to nature, which studies show relieves stress, strengthens interpersonal relationships, and improves mental health.

At Prince William County, we aim to connect all members of the community with programs and services that promote health equity, improve their health outcomes, and enhance their quality of life. Click here to learn more about our fitness facilities and services.

There are endless opportunities for kids to play, learn, play sports and stay fit. Check out our vacation magazine and summer camp guide to find something that suits your interests.

stand up for our community

Prince William County Regional Parks and Community Centers are true community centers and offer recreational programs as well as a variety of services such as playgrounds, trails, pavilions, swimming pools, marinas and many more. The 4,400+ acre park system includes 81 properties and over 60 miles of trails for your enjoyment.

We encourage you to explore everything Prince William County Parks and Recreation has to offer, not just this month, but all year round.

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