Take advantage of parks for family fun this summer
The New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is a professional organization whose primary purpose is to advance the values of parks, recreation and leisure services to its members and promote the many benefits of parks and recreation to the public. In an era where people are overworked, overstressed, secluded by electronic devices and looking for relief, parks and parks and recreation departments are the perfect outlet for individuals to relax and forget about life for a while.
For adults, children, families and senior citizens there are plenty of opportunities for enjoyment this summer. Whether it is the smell of a charcoal grill simmering at a family picnic, splashing and laughing at a beach, hiking or biking on a trail, playing pickup basketball, taking a yoga class, attending a day camp program where lifelong friends are being made, parks and parks and recreation departments are available to provide these opportunities and experiences.
In many cases, people do not need to travel long distances or spend a great deal of money in order to find this fun.
I would encourage you to visit your local parks this summer and to contact your local parks and pecreation department to see what opportunities they may have available. Between state, county, city, town or village parks, I am confident that there will be something that will add quality to your life.
Have a safe and fun summer!
Eric A. Bacon, MS, CPRE