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Take the Challenge during Parks & Recreation Month

Published on June 28, 2017



Follow the daily Challenge Checklist for chances to win prizes and discover hidden gems in the City’s many places to relax, play, and recharge

Mayor Tommy Battle and Parks & Recreation announced a new campaign to highlight Huntsville’s many places to play throughout the month of July. Mayor Battle proclaimed July as Parks & Recreation month complete with a daily Challenge Checklist. Here’s the gist: a new challenge will be issued each day in July encouraging participants to explore the City’s parks, greenways, recreation centers and athletic league offerings.

Challenges will range from an enjoyable picnic in Big Spring Park East to shooting hoops at a local recreation center. Participants are encouraged to take a photo or a video of the challenge being completed and post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GoPlayHsv.

Mountain High Outfitters will select a weekly winner recognizing their favorite social media post. Winners will receive a $25 gift card to Mountain High Outfitters at the Merchants Walk shopping center located on Bob Wallace Avenue.

“Huntsville is a vibrant, bustling community with a tech-focused energy,” said Mayor Battle. “For all those smarts and all that tech, it’s important to take time off to play, to let loose and have a little fun and get some exercise in the mix. We’ve got options for that in spades.”

Whether it’s a game of Pickleball at a neighborhood recreation center or an afternoon at a Dog Spot, take a little time this month and every month to enjoy what Huntsville’s parks and recreation centers have to offer.

The Challenge Checklist can be found at your local recreation centers and online at HuntsvilleAL.gov/GoPlayHsv.

Nearly a dozen local groups and individuals have already accepted the challenge and will be documenting their experience with the daily challenges. To follow their progress, stay tuned to the social media channels of the following organizations and individuals: Arts Huntsville, Miss Zoot, Sarah Cole Fitness, Our Valley Events, Fitness Defy’d, Huntsville Young Professionals, Downtown Huntsville, Inc., The Huntsville Sports Commission, Green Team, Land Trust of North Alabama, Rocket City Mom and the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Huntsville Council Members are getting in on the action too. They will be recognizing the parks, greenways and recreation centers located in their districts. This will be shared via a weekly segment broadcasted on Facebook Live via the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Facebook page.

“We are excited to celebrate Parks & Recreation month and to launch the new hashtag #GoPlayHsv for people to utilize year round while they are enjoying our 60+ parks, 12 recreation centers, 9 youth athletic leagues, 4 dog parks, 3 splash pads and 2 aquatic centers,” said Ashley Polesak, Parks & Recreation Public Relations Officer.

July is also National Parks & Recreation month, a nationwide initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association to showcase the many ways parks have the power to transform our daily lives. From providing places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.


Mayor Battle's Proclamation for Parks & Recreation Month