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July is Park and Recreation Month
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July is many things to many people – hot weather, the height of summer break from school, a time to go on vacation. To the National Recreation and Park Association, July Is Park and Recreation Month, a tradition launched in 1985. Both the Florida Recreation and Park Association and Broward County Parks have long supported the initiative by reminding people of the benefits of parks and recreation. This year's theme is "We Are Parks and Recreation." Every day in communities across the country, the people of parks and recreation are providing essential services and making their communities better places to live, work, and play. In the wake of a public health emergency due to COVID-19, park employees stepped up for you! And now it's clearer than ever, what we do isn't just about fun and games. It's about contributing to and maintaining the quality of life in Broward County. Here's what members of the Parks team have been up to:

  • Transforming a warehouse into an emergency distribution center, to allocate and deliver equipment and supplies to first responders, municipalities, and hospital and care facilities that need them. See a news story by Channel 7 here
  • Reopening C.B. Smith Park to serve as home base for a coronavirus testing program run by the Florida National Guard and Memorial Healthcare and offering operational support as needed.
  • Reopening Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium into an additional COVID-19 testing site with Broward Health and the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO).
  • Turning Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium and Quiet Waters Park into food distribution sites – unloading supplies and packing food boxes, distributing them to the public at Central Broward and providing site support for BSO and the City of Deerfield Beach at Quiet Waters.
  • Coordinating internal security to make sure all the response operations are safe for the public, employees, volunteers, and all other involved parties.
  • Quickly rolling out a new park ranger program, under incredibly difficult circumstances, to patrol park sites and support security support for all the operations listed above, as well as delivering supplies whenever and wherever they are needed.
  • Offering virtual experiences like guided meditations, video activities, and environmental education initiatives to help followers focus on health and wellness instead of the stress and boredom of isolation
  • Keeping the public up to date, via social and traditional media, on the phased-in reopening of parks and facilities. 
  • Maintaining the park grounds, so that when they reopened we could safely and responsibly welcome back residents of all ages eager to get out of their homes and exercise, walk, run or ride a bike in a beautiful natural environment.
     
We Are Parks and Rec
This year's theme is "We Are Parks and Recreation." Every day in communities across the country, the people of parks and recreation are providing essential services and making their communities better places to live, work, and play.