Rock Your Park in July

Get ready to rock your park! That’s the theme of this year’s official Park and Recreation Month. Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association has been asking people to demonstrate how parks and recreation make their lives extraordinary.

We already know how extraordinary our Charleston parks are, so use this month to celebrate them. July even comes with an extra weekend – five in all – so you can join the NRPA and Take the Five in July Park Pledge.

Sign the pledge and promise to get outdoors to a park or recreation area every weekend during the month (oh, and you’re entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch, perfect for listening to tunes while walking through the park). Let us know if you take the pledge and which parks you’re visiting.

Stumped for other ways to celebrate? Here are some suggestions:
– Garden with us! We’re always working in the local parks and it’s a great way to get some fresh air, give back to the parks and learn about gardening and Southern horticulture from our staff pros. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming Garden in the Park dates. This month, we’ll be in Brittlebank Park, Riverland Terrace Greenspace, Chapel Street Fountain Park and Hazel Parker Playground.
– Visit the farmers market. All around the Charleston area, folks gather each week to sell the yummiest of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.
– Summer reading. Stop by the local library for a great summer read and then stretch out on a blanket or sit on a bench with coffee and enjoy some quiet time. In downtown Charleston, the public library is located just steps from Marion Square, Chapel Street Fountain Park and the park at the Charleston Maritime Center.
– Take a park lunch break. After being stuck at your desk all morning, grab your sandwich and dine al fresco at a park. You might even squeeze in a 10-minute walk to get the blood flowing before that looong afternoon staff meeting.

Those are some of our ideas, now let’s hear yours!

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