AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta invites the public to explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation during July, which is Park and Recreation Month, with the theme of “A Lifetime of Discovery.” The city’s Recreation and Parks Department plans a variety of activities for residents of all ages and abilities.
“We are excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month with our community,” said Glenn Parker, director of the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department. “It is a great opportunity to discover not only our park system, but also our wellness programs and all the other activities we offer. The 2016 Nielsen Social Media Report stated that Generation X (ages 35-49) spends almost 7 hours per week on social media and, while I am an avid user of social media myself, it is important to have opportunities to meet in person. Our special events for Park and Recreation Month, such as the Independence Day Celebration at the Augusta Common, offer the perfect framework.”
Augusta takes part in the month-long celebration, which is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association, by inviting park visitors to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at local parks. Playgrounds, community centers, sports leagues, and summer camps are just a few of the things that come to mind when thinking of parks and recreation. However, it is so much more than that. Augusta also offers senior programs, after school enrichment, innovative health and wellness opportunities, community celebrations and concerts, maintenance, and more.
Augusta officially kicks off Park and Recreation Month with the Independence Day Celebration at the Augusta Common on July 4 at 6 p.m., when Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. makes the official proclamation.