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Upper Arlington’s Park and Recreation Story

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff in the Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department, play in building stronger, more vibrant and more resilient communities across the country.

For this year’s Park and Recreation Month, NRPA is focused on the importance of communities rising up in support of parks and recreation, because every day, parks and recreation professionals rise up for their communities, providing access to nature and supporting overall health and well-being.

Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more.

In Upper Arlington, you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month in so many ways. Visit our weekly Farmers Market. Cool off at one of our three outdoor pools. Search for our temporary fairy house installations at Smith Nature Park. Visit the UA Alley at the Vassar Pop-up Park off Lane Avenue with your takeout meal to dine al fresco and enjoy fun activities, thanks to students at Tremont Elementary School. Explore the new nature trail and prairie garden at Northwest Park. Check out our free Music in the Parks concert series and Movies in the Parks outdoor movie series. Join us for this year’s Summer Celebration family event at Thompson Park on July 21, and don’t miss our newest special event – Arts on Arlington, scheduled for July 28 at Mallway Park.

“This month is the perfect time to highlight all the stories, memories and experiences that park and recreation professionals help make happen right here in Upper Arlington,” said Debbie McLaughlin, Parks & Recreation Director. “We encourage everyone to share their own park and recreation story with us on social media, using the hashtag #uaparksandrec.”

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