#GoPlayHsv – Parks & Recreation Month
In celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month, the City of Huntsville will be sharing events, activities and more, encouraging you to #GoPlayHsv. To keep things simple, we’ve compiled all the information you need to know about the month-long celebration, how to participate, special updates and why we’re celebrating in the first place.
Whether you are a mom interested in activities for the kids, a recent graduate looking for more outdoor exercise options or a retiree wanting to meet new people, you can find what you need from the City’s parks and recreation offerings.
Play in our parks. Get your play on by joining an athletic league. Prepare yourself for play by using your neighborhood rec center’s exercise equipment or taking part in a Zumba class. Whatever your play preference is, we have on request: Go play, Huntsville.
Are you up for the challenge? Mayor Battle has proclaimed July 2019 Parks & Recreation month in the Rocket City, and we’re celebrating by challenging Huntsville residents and visitors to take advantage of the City’s parks and recreation offerings every day in July.
Weekly challenge prompts will challenge you to try something new-or recreate one of your favorite activities.
For every new week, there is a new challenge. Whether it’s taking a selfie at Concerts in the Park in Big Spring Park West or videoing your furry friend at one of the City’s Dog Spots, a challenge awaits for everyone.
Week 1: All about events – Tell us your favorite events or activities to enjoy in Huntsville parks or recreation spaces.
Week 2: Rockin’ Recreation- Parks, Playgrounds, Aquatics or Group Exercise classes, how do you #GoPlayHsv?
Week 3: Getting Centered – Which recreation center do you enjoy most?
Week 4: Game On! – From soccer to baseball, send us a picture of Huntsville best athletic league activities.
Week 5: Blooper Real – We’ve all been there. Share a photo or video at a Huntsville Park or Recreation Center when things didn’t quite go “as planned.”
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Snap a photo, shoot a video and post on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #GoPlayHsv. Each week, a winner will be selected to receive a special prize pack from local businesses.
Make sure to follow the City of Huntsville’s Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Huntsville on the following social channels to stay updated on the month-long campaign.
In addition to the challenge, there are dozens of events happening at Huntsville’s parks, greenways, and recreation centers each day, year round.
For a complete list of Parks & Recreation activities happening this month, view our calendar.
WHY IT MATTERS
Ever heard the phrase “work hard, play hard?” Of course, you have. Countless studies have proven the mental and physical health benefits of enjoying nature and taking part in exercise activities, whether they be a run on a greenway, walk in a park or a game of pick-up basketball. It just feels good.
Parks, greenways, athletic leagues and recreation centers are a big part of what people refer to as the ‘quality of life’ of a place, and we think Huntsville has a lot to be proud of in this area. With 65 + parks, 11 recreation centers, 8 youth athletic leagues, 2 aquatics facilities, 3 splash pads and 4 dog parks, the Rocket City has much to offer its residents and visitors.
The goal of the #GoPlayHsv campaign is to make sure you – and the rest of Huntsville – know about these offerings. We want to empower you with all of the information you need to enjoy the City’s parks and recreation amenities.
The City of Huntsville’s contract with IdeaScale, the platform that brought Imagine Huntsville to life, ended on December 31, 2019.
The platform is managed by the City of Huntsville’s Planning Department. On behalf of the Planning Department, Manager of Urban and Long Range Planning Dennis Madsen said, “We want to thank you for all of your hundreds of ideas and comments over the years on Imagine Huntsville, and please rest assured, your input on this website is valued and important to us, and it will be archived.”
“We sincerely appreciate all the time and thought you put into the Imagine Huntsville message board. It was by all measurements more successful than we would have ever dared hope when we first began it. You helped make the BIG Picture into a great plan, and we look forward to continued dialogue on our new website BigPictureHuntsville.com and via social media as the plan moves forward.”
Have an idea for the City of Huntsville? Message the Big Picture on their Facebook page at Facebook.com/BigPictureHuntsville or send them via e-mail at BigPicture@HuntsvilleAL.gov.
If you happen to see something that needs to be fixed or cleaned you can let us know by utilizing Huntsville Connect.
These organizations and individuals have accepted the challenge and will be documenting their progress on their social media channels.
Follow along to see how they’re doing!