July is National Parks and Recreation Month; 31-day challenge contest set
TOPEKA, KAN. – July is National Parks and Recreation Month and Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a month’s worth of activities planned, including a 31-day challenge. Each day, there is an activity to encourage patrons to get out and get active in our parks. Each day, when patrons participate in an activity, they can post a picture of their activity on our Facebook event page for the challenge https://fb.me/e/4rV53zcsI With each post, they are to include #meetyouthere. Each post enters the patron into a raffle prize drawing in the amount of $50 worth of gear from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Tuesdays during July will also feature a $1 discount for the Gage Park mini-train and carousel.
“July is a month to celebrate the important role that parks and recreation plays in our community,” said Tim Laurent, director, SCP+R. “Parks and recreation creates a sense of community and helps attract and retain families and businesses in Shawnee County.”
Laurent notes that SCP+R has 110 parks, 60 miles of trails and 320 days of sporting activities each year as well as public gardens, aquatic facilities, recreation programs and special events.
Of course, Parks and Recreation Month includes the Spirit of Kansas at Lake Shawnee on July 4. The day features a car show, golf tournaments, the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
put on by the Topeka Blues Society, food and craft vendors, a water ski show and the Capitol Federal Fireworks Display at 10 p.m.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.