Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month!

In honor of National Park and Recreation Month during July, Metro Parks will offer the public a chance to win great prizes by answering trivia questions through its Facebook, Twitter and Flickr sites, as well as its blog, Common Ground.

We'll have more information about prizes here in upcoming days!

Most prizes will be sent through the mail, and winners will be notified directly by Metro Parks staff. A person cannot win more than once during this promotion.

Photo Contest:

Submit your most creative picture of any of our 124 parks, 16 community centers, four swimming pools, nine golf courses or two historic homes. A panel of three judges will declare the winner at the end of the month. A grand package of prizes including free passes to many area attractions will be awarded.

Deadline to submit photo: Sunday, August 1 at midnight. Winner announced Friday, August 6.
The entry is simple. Submit your photo to our Flickr account, or e-mail it to parks@louisvilleky.gov.

Benefits of using parks

Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has celebrated National Park and Recreation Month each July as a way to bring awareness to the health, lifestyle and mental benefits of using parks.

To learn more about what's happening during the month of July in your Metro Parks, click here.

Here are some other great park health facts:

  • Active users of public parks have a lower body mass index (BMI)
  • People who visit parks for longer periods of time (one hour or more) have significantly lower systolic blood pressures
  • Park users who are more physically active and who make frequent contact with frends during their leisure are less likely to report feeling depressed
  • Citizens who have better access to parks, visit parks more frequently, and engage in physically-active park behaviors also make fewer visits to the doctor

*Source: http://www.nrpa.org

Special thanks to the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau for helping sponsor this contest!