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July is Parks & Recreation Month: Let’s #goPLAYhsv

Published on June 30, 2021

Mayor Battle at the podium in a City park with a poster announcing Go Play H-S-V for Parks & Recreation Month in July

Mayor Tommy Battle and Parks & Recreation Director Bernita Reese are urging citizens to “get out and play” during Parks & Recreation Month in the City of Huntsville.

“Our residents have struggled for more than a year to find ways to stay active during the pandemic,” Reese said. “With things slowly beginning to take a turn for the better, we are encouraging people to safely take part in all of the activities the City’s Parks & Recreation Department has to offer this July.”

Since 1985, the U.S. has celebrated Parks & Recreation Month in July to promote building robust, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. The month also serves to recognize the hundreds of thousands of full- and part-time, seasonal and volunteer parks and recreation workers.

Huntsville Parks & Recreation offers more than 70 parks, 73 miles of greenway, 12 recreation centers, three splash pads, four swimming facilities, six disc golf courses, as well as athletic fields and complexes throughout the City.

“Our department continues to grow and offer more facilities and locations to residents,” Mayor Battle said. “They are an integral piece of Huntsville’s high quality of life. The City is excited to celebrate this special month as people take part in summer programs, events and much more.”

Parks & Recreation encourages residents to follow them on Facebook and Instagram all month long to learn about the vital services they provide for citizens. With a wide range of activities and resources for all ages, the department looks forward to meeting the needs of its diverse community.

“Our City and department are leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation, as well as bring the community closer through a variety of programs, events and services,” Reese said.

How to participate

Share how you play! Huntsville Parks & Recreation wants to know how you will use the multitude of services, programs and events available to you this July.
Colorful logo for Parks and Recreation Month featuring the hashtag go play hsv
Want to join the conversation? Tag @HuntsvilleParksandRecreation and use the hashtag #goPLAYhsv when you post pictures and videos to Instagram or Facebook. If your account is private, you can post your adventures in the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Month Facebook event page.

Why it matters

COVID-19 highlighted the essential role Parks & Recreation played in the wellbeing of our community. In response to the pandemic, City employees worked quickly to keep parks, trails and green spaces open to support the physical and mental health of residents while delivering vital services and programs to support our community.

Parks & Recreation Month helps to provide the community with the information they need to enjoy the City’s parks and recreation amenities. For more details, visit our Parks & Recreation resources: