BREC Superintendent Proclaims July Parks and Recreation Month in East Baton RougeBaton Rouge—
A new national study shows that nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis. Of those that do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to the survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s why this July BREC has joined the national effort to challenge everyone to get out and visit their parks and recreation facilities and get OUTside for national Park and Recreation Month.
This year’s theme, “OUT is IN” encourages individuals, families, friends and co-workers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. From moving your family dinner from the kitchen to a picnic in the park to sending an email or even holding a meeting outside, there are many small ways you can make going OUT part of your daily routine. BREC has 182 parks across East Baton Rouge where you can go OUTside and get INvolved.
“We take seriously our mission to encourage all residents to get OUTside and get moving in order to create a healthier community with a better quality of life,” said BREC Superintedent Carolyn McKnight. “As part of Parks and Recreation month, we will again open Liberty Lagoon for a rare night-time event in the water park, our summer camps will have thousands of children enjoying the outdoors and our Outdoor Adventure staff has planned a number of fun events. We hope you join us for some of those activities, but even if you just make the effort to get outside a little bit each day, we will consider this month a success.”
“Movie at the Lagoon” was scheduled for July 19 at Liberty Lagoon Water Park. Rain has forced the postponement to August 9 so we will extend the celebration of the outdoors into August! Admission is just $5 per person and BREC will show “Despicable Me 2” on the grassy island area of the water park, offer activities for prizes and sell limited concessions. The BREC Outdoor Adventure Department will offer the following programs during July:
· Rock Climbing Trip at Chattanooga, Tennessee - July 3 - 6
· Sunset Paddle at Wampold Park – July 11
· Paddle Up Three at Tickfaw State Park – July 12
· Paddle Up One at Liberty Lagoon – July 12, 19, 26
· Paddle Up Two at Greenwood Waterfront – July 26
· Paddle Up Four at Bogue Chitto State Park - July 26
· Adventure Camp at Greenwood Waterfront- June 30 – July 4
· Adventure Camp at Cedar Ridge Park- July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25
For more information about these events, click the following link for the BREC Summer Program Guide: http://www.brec.org/assets/2014SummerGuide.pdf.
In addition to getting involved in Park and Recreation Month locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31 day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN. NRPA will award a $50 Amazon gift card each day to a lucky participant and, August 1, a grand prize $500 Amazon gift certificate to someone who participates in the OUT is IN challenge every day in July. To learn more about the challenge, visit www.nrpa.org/july.
To learn more about BREC events being held during National Park and Recreation Month, visit our event calendar at www.brec.org.
It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.