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Celebrate Your Parks & Rec Staff, Volunteers July 19

Friday June 21st, 2019
Where would your township parks and rec program be without your staff and/or countless volunteers? July 19 is the first-ever Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day, an excellent time to recognize the vital contributions these selfless individuals make to your community.
 
The observance is an opportunity to celebrate the normally unsung services of some 8,000 Pennsylvania park and recreation professionals and thousands of volunteers who contribute to Pennsylvanians' well-being by serving on boards, committees, commissions, and friends, neighborhoods, trails, and other groups. 
 
Pennsylvanians are blessed to own more than 6,000 community parks and 12,000 miles of trails in every nook and county, plus 121 award-winning state parks. In fact, there is a state or local park within 25 miles of nearly every resident.
 
Along with them are countless playgrounds, pools, beaches, campsites, marinas, picnic areas, athletic fields, skate parks, dog parks, festival venues, gardens, visitor centers, historic and cultural attractions, and many other recreational facilities and amenities. 
 
Parks and natural areas are so important to Pennsylvanians that, although our state ranks 33rd in terms of area, only Alaskans and Californians have more park land. 
 
Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society to honor those who plan, provide, and operate our parks, trails, programs, and facilities for all our citizens.
 
Encourage your residents to visit a favorite or nearby park on July 19 to enjoy its many benefits, as well as show a little appreciation to the programmers, managers, maintainers, landscapers, facilitators, lifeguards, coaches, event organizers, and caretakers who enhance the experience for all of us.
 
For more information or to download posters, logos, social media graphics, and more, go to https://prps.org/parkrecday.