Delray Beach Proclaims July 2012 as Parks and Recreation Month

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July 3, 2012:  The City of Delray Beach is proud to proclaim July 2012 as Parks and Recreation Month and the public is invited to join the celebration by visiting the numerous parks and recreational facilities that are provided by the City.  This year’s theme is “Get Wild!” and members of the Delray Beach community are encouraged to get out and show how parks and recreation in Delray Beach make their lives extraordinary. “This year’s Park and Recreation Month theme from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is ‘Get Wild’ and Delray Beach Parks and Recreation is excited to get the whole community wild with a variety of fun and exciting initiatives throughout the whole month,” said Linda Karch, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We want our community to be healthy and active, which is why Parks and Recreation Month is such a great time – it gives everyone an opportunity to come out and experience the benefits of our first class parks and facilities.” From programs that release your inner artist and/or musical ability to educational programs that teach healthy habits to fun recreational activities, there’s something going on in Delray Beach for everyone this July. And on the “wild side”, there are splash nights at the pool, football and basketball camps, boot camp, art, music and dance classes as well as Start Smart Preschool Sports, late night skate, DJ 101 and more. This July, during Parks and Recreation Month, “Get Wild” and learn about the exciting activities that will be held by visiting our new website at www.mydelraybeach.com and selecting Parks and Recreation under Departments at the top of the City’s home page.  You can also contact the Parks and Recreation Department by telephone at (561) 243-7250 or by E-mail at Parks&Recreation@mydelraybeach.com. Don’t miss one of the City’s signature community events this year – Fourth of July Celebration, a 2 day free event that will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, July 4th. Both events will feature popular activities and great entertainment beachside at A1A/Ocean Blvd and Atlantic Avenue. For the schedule of events and/or more information, visit www.julyfourthdelraybeach.com. About Parks and Recreation Month America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month for more than 25 years and in 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives officially mandated July as “Parks and Recreation Month.” As the obesity epidemic continues to rage within our country, programs like Park and Recreation Month and the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign are energizing an American population to adopt healthy lifestyle choices. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), created Park and Recreation Month to specifically promote the many benefits of local parks and recreation and celebrate the value they bring to their community, including Delray Beach.  The NRPA is launching a national Get Wild Geocaching Contest, several social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Pinterest, and an online Get Wild pledge to support Park and Recreation Month.  More information is available at www.nrpa.org/july. Contact: City of Delray Beach Public Information Office (561) 243-7190 PIO@mydelraybeach.com City Commission: Nelson S. “Woodie” McDuffie, Mayor Thomas Carney, Vice-Mayor Adam Frankel, Deputy Vice-Mayor Angeleta Gray, Commissioner Al Jacquet, Commissioner MyDelrayBeach.com Follow CityDelrayBeach on Twitter