Get your play on this July with the Northbrook Park District and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as the Northbrook Park District, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play with your local parks and recreation facilities. From learning a new sport like pickleball to meeting your friends on the playground, your Northbrook parks and recreation facilities are the places where everyone can play, regardless of age or ability. NRPA and the Northbrook Park District are encouraging everyone to get out there to experience the power of play for themselves.
In Northbrook you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by spending more time at our parks. We have two more Tuesday’s in the Park left this summer, sign up for our pickleball clinic, catch bike races every Thursday at the Velodrome or pick a new park you have never been to before and explore.
“July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Norhbrook,” said Molly Hamer, The District’s Executive Director. “Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values.”
Northbrook Park District is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services.
Recent projects that we are particularly proud of include:
- Opening our brand new Sports Center pool in June with amenities such as a vortex pool, drop slide, climbing wall, leisure pool, lap lanes and two diving boards that are sure to get everyone in the water.
- Enhancing our golf course while increasing our environmental sustain ability. We are improving the quality of the water in our ponds, training our crew to be water-wise, and seizing on the course’s open space to create a wildlife sanctuary in our densely populate suburban area.
- Installing two new bocce ball courts at Indian Ridge Park last fall where we have equipment available for rent.
- Most recently, we installed two new picnic tables under our living roof shelter at Techny Prairie Park and Fields. The living roof’s plants clean the air, feed and provide habitat for wildlife, and reduce noise, heat, and glare.