National Park and Recreation Month


by Judi Nechols, Adult Services Librarian

Getting outdoors is good for us!When we go outdoors we get active, connect with nature, and even improve our mental health and stress levels. How often do you get outside, though? A recent survey by the National Park and Recreation Association found that almost three out of every ten U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis.

July happens to be National Park and Recreation Month, and the National Parks and Recreation Association is hoping to make 2014 the year people go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community through parks and recreation. There are lots of ways to do this through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department, which offers:

  • Classes
  • Day camps
  • Team sports for all ages
  • Pools
  • Splash park
  • Arts in the Park outdoor concerts

The philosophy of the Recreation Division of the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and create affordable, recreational, cultural, educational and leisure opportunities to benefit and enhance the lives of all citizens in the community. For a more a detailed listing of all the exciting events they have going on for the duration of the summer, check their web site for a copy of the summer activities brochure!

We don’t need formal classes or activities to enjoy the outdoors—take a hike around Marlatt Park and enjoy the beautiful prairie wildflowers; walk the nature trail at River Pond or the River Trail near the Outlet Tubes; walk or bike along the linear trail or the trail around Anneberg Park. There are lots of activities and parks around Manhattan that can take you into the great outdoors, so remember “Out is IN!” and take advantage of living in one of the most beautiful areas in Kansas.

As always, visit the library to find more information about outdoor resources including trail maps, course schedules, and all the books you want to read while you’re enjoying the outdoors.

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