by Linda Cornelius, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Highland Village
Get ready to get your play on this July with the City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA and designated by the U.S. House of Representatives, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as Highland Village Parks and Recreation, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground, Highland Village Parks and Recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability. NRPA and City of Highland Village are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves.
In Highland Village, you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by visiting the new Doubletree Ranch Park and cool off in the Splash Pad, take a walk along the 1 mile loop trail within the park, go fishing at the pond, or have a picnic. You can also visit Unity Park to enjoy a Movie in the Park on July 8th, use the adult stationary exercise equipment, or let your dog frolic in the new Unity dog park.
A great way to see our beautiful City is to take a walk or bike ride across town on the Inland Trail system which is made up of over ten miles of paved trails. Visit Pilot Knoll Park and rent a kayak, sign up for stand up paddle boarding, camp overnight, have a picnic, bird watch, fish or simply enjoy the quite nature of the remote park location. The City also offers a unique summer day camp which schedules afternoon field trips four days of the week. The opportunities to enjoy recreation, nature and the outdoors in Highland Village Parks are abundant.
Parks and Recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout the country, including the City of Highland Village. We feel our parks and recreation programs are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community. Our parks and natural recreation areas ensure the ecological beauty of our community and provide a place for children and adults to connect with nature and recreate outdoors.
City of Highland Village Parks and Recreation is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services. So we encourage individuals, families, and friends to “go on a play date” with Highland Village Parks and Recreation!