July is Park and Recreation Month

The Waukegan Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), to highlight the impact of parks and recreation in the community. From the Community Yard Sale to Zumba at the Park,  free programs and events will be offered throughout July to celebrate. 

Since 1985, the United States has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month highlights the essential and powerful role that local park and recreation agencies and their professionals play in building stronger, more vibrant, and resilient communities across the country. This year’s theme is “Where Community Grows”, celebrating the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering the growth of our communities.

Jeremiah Johnson, President of the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners, stated, “As a former employee of the Waukegan Park District, I have seen the positive impact that parks and recreation has on communities. From parks and facilities to programs and events, parks and recreation play a vital role in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering growth in our community. The benefits are endless and last a lifetime.”

Jay Lerner, Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District, stated, “The Waukegan Park District builds community through parks, facilities, programs, and events. To celebrate Park and Recreation Month, we will be highlighting the importance of parks and recreation in the lives of individuals of all ages, abilities, and identities.”

The National Recreation and Park Association and Waukegan Park District encourage individuals to share how parks and recreation have improved their quality of life, and why their local parks and recreation are important to them, on social media using the hashtag #WhereCommunityGrows.

Program/EventDateTimeLocation
Zumba at the ParkSaturday, July 6, 20248am to 9amCorrine J. Rose Park
Yoga at the BeachSaturday, July 6, 20248am to 9amWaukegan Municipal Beach
Arts ParkThursday, July 11, 20245:30pm to 6:30pmStiner Pavilion
Movies in the Park: WonkaSaturday, July 13, 2024DuskBowen Park
Yoga at the BeachSaturday, July 13, 20248am to 9amWaukegan Municipal Beach
Arts ParkThursday, July 18, 20245:30pm to 6:30pmDiversity Park
Community Yard SaleSaturday, July 20, 20249am to 2pmBowen Park
Yoga at the BeachSaturday, July 20, 20248am to 9amWaukegan Municipal Beach
Movies in the Park: The MarvelsSaturday, July 27, 2024DuskCountry Lane Park
Partners in Parks Golf OutingWednesday, July 24, 20247:30amBonnie Brook Golf Course
Arts ParkThursday, July 25, 20245:30pm to 6:30pmCorrine J. Rose Park
Yoga at the BeachSaturday, July 27, 20248am to 9amWaukegan Municipal Beach