July is Park and Recreation Month!

(New Philadelphia, OH) – You probably won’t see Leslie Knope wandering around the parks, but since 1985 July has been celebrated as Park and Recreation Month!

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Park and Recreation Month highlights the essential and powerful role local park and recreation professionals play in building stronger, vibrant, and more resilient communities all across the country. This month, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will celebrate the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering the growth of our communities.

“July is the perfect time to share how our park and recreation professionals contribute to the overall health, well-being, and growth of our community,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. “We serve a vital function to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to more than five million guests who come to our lakes every summer. It is so important that park systems thrive to enrich the communities, and lives of the guests that we serve. We encourage everyone to come celebrate the power of parks and recreation with us this July.”

MWCD is providing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and identities to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote nature resilience, and bring the community closer through a variety of programs and services. Programs range from guided hikes, kayak tours, day camps, live music, and movies under the stars.

NRPA encourages everyone who supports parks and recreation to share how it has impacted their lives with the hashtag #WhereCommunityGrows. For more information, visit

You can find more information about the fun events the MWCD has planned at

Looking Ahead

Various Fishing Tournaments at Multiple Lake Parks

Messy Play Mini Camp for Kids at Charles Mill Lake Park – July 19

Christmas in July at Charles Mill Lake Park – July 21 to July 23

Coffee with the Chief at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – July 21

Ranger Day at Charles Mill Lake Park – July 22

Yoga at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – July 26

Messy Play Mini Camp for Kids at Tappan Lake Park – July 27

Yoga on the Beach at Atwood Lake Park – July 29

Receive program alerts straight to your phone, by texting the appropriate keyword below to 888777


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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