National Park and Recreation Month

PRMonth21 (1)July is National Park and Recreation Month!

Parks and recreation opportunities are often the core of our community. We are celebrating the spaces, people, and history that make our parks and recreation activities so special, and highlighting the stories of how our community is made stronger and more vibrant because of it.

The theme for the 2021 National Park and Recreation Month is "Our Park and Recreation Story." How has a park or recreation activity, space, or professional impacted you? Share your story with us and with the National Recreation and Park Association! Be sure to use the hashtag #OurParkandRecStory and tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured on our Facebook page and Instagram page.

We have dozens of activities planned throughout the month. Find the full schedule below!

Park and Recreation Month Schedule

Learn about the exciting Park and Recreation Month activities planned for the Town of Little Elm below! Click here for a printable event calendar. 

July 1
National Clean Beaches Week
July 2
Nature Scavenger Hunt
July 4
July Jubilee at Little Elm Park
July 6
Nature Trail Hike: Cottonwood Trail
July 77-8 p.m.Family Yoga at The Rec at The Lakefront™
July 9
Nature Scavenger Hunt
July 127-8 p.m.Family Zumba at The Rec at The Lakefront™
July 13
Nature Trail Hike: Johnny Broyles Trail
July 149 a.m.Toddler Story Time at The Cove at The Lakefront®
July 16
Nature Scavenger Hunt
July 182-4 p.m.National Ice Cream Day at The Rec at The Lakefront™
July 19
National Capture the Sunset Day
July 20
Nature Trail Hike: Lakefront Trail
July 2111 a.m.-8 p.m.Animal Shelter Day at The Cove at The Lakefront®
July 229-11 a.m.Rec Olympics at The Rec at The Lakefront™
July 23

Nature Scavenger Hunt
July 247-10 p.m.Adults Night Out at The Cove at The Lakefront®
July 27
Nature Trail Hike: Harts Branch Trail
July 28
Family Game Night
July 296-7 p.m.Family High Fitness at The Rec at The Lakefront™
July 308 a.m., 9:30 a.m.Surf School at The Cove at The Lakefront®
July 3110 a.m.-6 p.m.National Lifeguard Appreciation Day at The Cove at The Lakefront®

All events are presented by the Town of Little Elm Community Services Department, in conjunction with The Cove at The Lakefront® and The Rec at The Lakefront™. 

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Park and Recreation Fast Facts

Health and Wellness Benefits or Parks and Recreation

  • Three in five people - or more than 190 million people - visited a local park, trail, public open space, or recreation facility during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic (mid-March through mid-June 2020).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that increased access to places for physical activity led to a 25.6% increase in people exercising three or more times per week.
  • Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
  • The exposure and connection to nature that parks provide has been demonstrated to relieve stress, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and improve mental health.

Environmental Benefits of Parks and Recreation

  • Local park and recreation agencies play a vital role in the protection of our environment through green infrastructure, maintenance of public lands, preserving wildlife habitats, and more.
  • Parks contribute to overall urban cooling, making cities more comfortable in the summer.
  • A 60-study meta analysis conducted by the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration found that parks promote both plant and animal biodiversity, which helps support overall ecosystem functionality.

Economic Benefits of Parks and Recreation

  • According to a study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University and the National Recreation and Park Association, America's local park agencies generated more than $166 billion in economic activity and supported more than 1 million jobs from their operations and capital spending alone in 2017.
  • Park and recreation departments across the country are among the biggest employers of youth.

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. NRPA encourages everyone that supports parks and recreation to share how it has impacted their lives with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory this July. 

For more information about NRPA, visit Learn more about Park and Recreation Month here. To access NRPA’s digital flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit