SF Rec and Park Celebrates National Recreation and Parks Month
July is National Recreation and Parks Month!
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department celebrates the month of July with a month long of special events to celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. To welcome the National Recreation and Parks Month, the Department kicked off with World Cup Viewing Party at Civic Center Plaza on July 1st, followed by the 35th SF Professional-Armature Basketball League throughout rest of the summer.
“SF Rec and Park says let’s show the nation that “Out is In”! Get out and Play!!” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.
Then starting Friday, July 4th, begins the celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Camp Mather, Golden Gate Park Band Concert at the Golden Gate Park’s Bandshell, and Stern Grove Festival with the San Francisco Symphony. The following Monday, July 7th, in partnership with Street Soccer USA, SF Rec and Park will be hosting a demonstration game with neighborhood kids at Margaret Hayward Playground celebrating the newly renovated soccer court. As SF Rec and Park’s Summer Day Camps continue, the Department will be hosting a celebration of the Lake Merced Boat House with special water activities with aquatic campers.
To continue the celebration of National Recreation and Parks Month, SF Rec and Park will kick off Late Night Basketball season at Joe Lee and Hamilton recreation centers, host Rec Idol competition, Phono Del Sol Music Festival at Potrero del Sol Park, and more musical festivities at Stern Grove Festival. And SF Rec and Park will also co-host the Legends of Candlestick Fal Football game, and San Jose Earthquake vs. Atletico Madrid Soccer at Candlestick. There will also be Greenager Volunteer Day at Heron’s Head Park, Community Day at St. Mary’s Recreation Center, Sunday Streets in the Richmond, AIDS Walk through Golden Gate Park, J-Pop Summit Festival at Japantown Peace Plaza, World Cup Finals Viewing Party at Civic Center Plaza. And the month long celebration will end with the San Francisco Marathon through Golden Gate Park on July 27th.
Also, to capture how San Franciscans celebrate the National Recreation and Parks Month, SF Rec and Park is launching the social media challenge, “Out is In”, asking its friends and followers to submit of photos of doing indoor activities outside with #JulyOutIsIn. San Franciscans can show how they spend more time OUTdoors and IN the parks and recreation sites by posting photos of themselves with friends, family, coworkers and community members doing typical indoor activities outside every day in July. People can eat a healthy meal outside – who doesn’t love a picnic in the park – make a phone call to mom, hold a meeting or exercise class in the fresh air, step outside to brush teeth, or even sleep out in the open (happy camping)!.
For a complete list of events and activities at SF Rec and Park during the National Recreation and Parks Month, please visit website: www.sfrecpark.org .
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has launched the celebration by asking cities all around the nation to pledge to discover new ways to have fun by heading out to any official park, recreation facility, go hiking or biking on trail, get out and play at playground, swimming pool, or natural areas. For more information about National Recreation and Park Association, please visit: http://www.nrpa.org .