America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month for over 25 years and in 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives officially mandated July as “Parks and Recreation Month.”

This July, Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is encouraging you and your community to GET WILD about parks and recreation!

Through this year’s exciting campaign, NRPA is encouraging the public to show how much fun parks and recreation are, while learning about the many benefits they bring to a community. There are several national initiatives planned to help accomplish that, including “Get Wild” geo-caching, social media initiatives on Facebook, Foursquare and Pinterest, and, the ever popular GET WILD social media poster. The poster will be in the June issue of Parks & Recreation magazine and is available for download on the NRPA website ( Get together and take pictures or videos with the poster showing how “Wild” you are about parks and recreation! Post them to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Websites, and blogs tagging NRPA whenever possible. You can also email a link to the photos and videos to NRPA at!

In support of this year’s effort, NRPA will be blogging, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, and getting the word out to the media through national press releases, so expect a big buzz this year for National Park and Recreation Month.

You can also get in on spreading the word and promoting Park and Recreation Month. A complete toolkit of materials and ideas is available online at Included are a downloadable version of the poster, web banners that you can post online, social media graphics, the official Park and Recreation Month proclamation, a customizable Park and Recreation Month calendar, logo files, and much more.

We know you’re wild about parks and recreation so this July during Park and Recreation Month, come GET WILD with us! Stay informed on the fun! Learn more about July’s Park and Recreation Month line up at and make sure to “like” NRPA on Facebook and follow on Twitter.