Have you ever been sitting around wondering how you can get the kids out of the house? Or what can you do as a family that is free? Huntsville Parks & Recreation has lots of ways for you to do that-and that is just in the month of July!
Parks & Recreation Month happens nationally as a celebration of all things that the field has to offer. Here in Huntsville we take the month seriously and have created a #GoPlayHsv Challenge to highlight a different activity, class, playground, event or facility. The idea is for you to discover new things that Huntsville has to offer, all the while taking pictures and posting about your adventures!
“The City has been investing more resources into our parks and recreation offerings because we know these amenities directly impact a high quality of life,” said Mayor Battle. “There is more to do here than ever before, and we’re excited to showcase all the fun things available in Huntsville.”
How #GoPlayHsv Works
It’s easy! Snap a pic or take a video, post it to social media – tag @HuntsvilleParksandRecreation for Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag #GoPlayHsv and that your account or post is public.
- July 1 – July 7: All About Events
Tell us your favorite event to enjoy in Huntsville parks or recreation spaces.
- July 8 – July 14: Rockin’ Recreation
Parks, playgrounds, aquatics or group exercise classes. How do you #GoPlayHsv?
- July 15 – July 21: Getting Centered
What activities do you enjoy at your local recreation center?
- July 22 – July 28: Game On
From disc golf to baseball, what are your favorite Huntsville athletics to play?
- July 29 – July 31: Blooper Reel
We’ve all been there. Show us a picture at a Huntsville park or recreation center when things didn’t go quite as planned.
To find out more information about Parks & Recreation Month, go to www.huntsvilleal.gov/GoPlayHsv.
Each week Huntsville Parks & Rec will pick their favorite post and award anda winner will be selected to receive a special prize pack from local businesses.
I personally LOVE how recreation can bring people together, whether it is family, friends or strangers! We have activities for all different ages and abilities and I can’t wait to show all of you a glimpse into what you can be participating in all of the time.
Year-Round Ideas for Families
There are so many ways to get your family moving in Huntsville, especially at a Huntsville park or recreation facility. Of course, RCM has some great ideas to do with kids, and if you click the links there are more details about each way to #GoPlayHsv all year long!
- Play Days at Hays
- Swimming in the Huntsville Aquatics Center
- Feeding the Ducks at Big Spring Park
- Hiking a trail
- Baiting your hook
- Splashing in a pop jet fountain
- Flinging a frisbee
- Visiting the dog park
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, eight youth athletic leagues, two aquatics facilities, three splash pads and four dog parks, the Rocket City has much to offer its residents and visitors.
“The goal of the #GoPlayHsv campaign is to make Huntsville knows about these offerings,” said Steve Ivey, Parks & Recreation Director. “We want to empower our residents with all of the information they need to enjoy our City’s parks and recreation amenities.”[themify_box color=”lavender”]ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashley Polesak is the Public Relations Officer for Huntsville City Parks and Recreation. She’s the Rocket City’s real-life Leslie Knope! You can find her working hard to make Huntsville’s parks and green spaces awesome places to be. [/themify_box]
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