SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation spaces. This July, explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation with Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation Department as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including Sunrise Yoga, Games on the Green, Pop-Up Story Time and more.

Scotch Plains is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting you to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at your local parks and rec. Playgrounds, sports leagues, summer camps are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of parks and rec. But, parks and recreation is so much more than that.

“Visit our parks, attend one of the special events or activities planned and discover the many ways Parks and Recreation can improve your quality of life," Mayor Al Smith said.

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“We are so excited to bring a Parks and Recreation Month celebration to our residents and are extremely grateful to the Mayor and Council, Administration, Recreation Commission and all of our resident who make Scotch Plains Recreation a priority each and every day. We hope to make the celebration of Parks and Recreation month in Scotch Plains a tradition for years to come,” said DJ Salvante, Director of Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation.

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/recreation and www.nrpa.org/July.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org