Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

Through efforts by NRPA, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official resolution for Park and Recreation Month in 2009 and introduced the resolution in 2017 and 2018. Park and recreation agencies across the country are recognizing the month with summer programs, events, contests, commemorations and celebrations.

The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities and resources for all people. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Park and Recreation Month encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities.



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Celebrate Parks & Recreation Month with Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. The following deals will take place at recreation facilities across the department during select dates in July. Read more below for details and join in the fun.

  • Finish 2022 in an Epic Way – check out The Epic membership promotion available  July 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022.
  • Bring a Friend for FREE – Charley Taylor Recreation Center members can invite one friend per day during the month of July to join in open play pickleball.
  • $4 for 4th of July Week – Charley Taylor Recreation Center – $4 Weight Room Membership when you pay during the week of July 4th (July 5-9)
  • Bring a Friends for FREE – Dalworth Recreation Center members who participate in a fitness class can bring a Buddy for free the week of 7/18 – 7/23.
  • Bring a Friends for FREE – Tony Shotwell Life Center members can invite one friend per day during the month of July.
  • T-Shirt Giveaway – Tony Shotwell Life Center staff will hide tokens around the facility. Guests that find the tokens can turn them in at the front desk for a Shotwell T-Shirt.
  • Ruthe Jackson Center will offer a complimentary event dancefloor and greenery ring to all Grand Prairie residents booking an event at RJC through the end of 2022.
  • Special thank you & treat bag for visiting guests. Ruthe Jackson Center will give visiting guests a special thank you note & treat bag the week of July 11.
  • Grand Prairie Farmers Market – Limited Give-A-Way items will be handed out at Grand Prairie Farmers Market during July.