July is full of events for Parks and Recreation Month

6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago July 08, 2016 Jul 8, 2016 Friday, July 08 2016 Friday, July 08, 2016 3:44:00 AM CDT in News
By: Jack Barlow, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece declared July Parks and Recreation Month in Columbia. Treece is not the first mayor to do this but the Parks and Recreation Department was happy he continued the tradition.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Marketing Specialist Tammy Miller said this is a tradition that is throughout the nation, and Columbia simply embraces it.

"We have a national organization called the National Recreational Park Association, and back in the '80s they declared the month of July as National Parks and Rec Month. So it is something that is celebrated throughout the country by parks and recreation agencies not just here in Columbia," Miller said.

The department has numerous planned events throughout the month to encourage community involvement and activity. Miller said the people of Columbia have responded well to the events so far and hopes the participation will continue.

"We have a great community here, they are very active and always looking for things to do. So we have great attendance at our facilities, at our special events and a lot of people are using our trails. So the people of Columbia enjoy their park system," Miller said. 

Columbia Parks and Rec hopes to educate the community on the opportunities available and to keep the community active.

"Our goal with Parks and Rec Month is just a general awareness of the benefits that parks and recreation provides. A lot of people know that we have parks and trails here in Columbia, but there are some that don't. They don't realize the amount of programs and parks that we do provide. So we hope that this month will encourage participation in what we do," Miller said.

One Columbia resident enjoys the time she can spend at the parks with her kids. Stephanie Guzanne takes advantage of the parks and is happy to get her kids out of the house.

"During the winter it is a lot of video games and television, but when it is nice out we like to get outside and come to the playground. We live a few minutes down the road so it is easy for me and the kids seem to enjoy it," Guzanne said. 

Miller hopes that the community will continue to attend future events. Here is a brief list of the upcoming activities:

  • July 8 - Movies in the Park at Cosmo Park. The LEGO Movie
  • July 9 - SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run at Gans Creek Recreation Area
  • July 10 - National Teddy Bear Picnic Day at Douglass Park Ampitheater
  • July 16 - DJ in the Park at Douglass Park
  • July 17 - Lawn Chair Concert Series at Douglass Park

For a complete list of the events throughout July visit the Parks and Recreation website.

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