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Park Perspectives: Geneva Park District celebrates Park and Recreation Month

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:59 p.m. CDT
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Party-goers at the 2013 Sunset Pool luau in Geneva join a conga line around the pool’s perimeter. Registration for this year’s luau, which will take place Friday, is currently open.

If you’re feeling cramped and like you don’t get to spend enough time outside, you’re not alone.

Almost three out of 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis, and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air, according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.

That’s why this July, the Geneva Park District and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks during national Park and Recreation Month.

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This month-long celebration highlights the vital role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities across the country.

This year’s theme, “Out is In,” is intended to connect more people, adults and children alike, with nature and the outdoors.

From picnicking in the park instead of eating indoors to holding your business meetings al fresco, there are many small ways you can make going out part of your daily routine. 

The parks and facilities run by the Geneva Park District offer ample opportunities to go outside, get inspired, change your outlook, and get involved. Play a round of mini golf at Stone Creek with family and friends, make a splash at Sunset or Mill Creek Pools, spend the day connecting with nature at Hawks Hollow Nature Playground and the Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park, or simply bust out your bicycle for a ride on our area’s scenic trails.

You can also check out our free, family-friendly Concerts in the Park.

Relax along the Fox River with live music at Island Park at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Hear Hot Rocks tonight, Mr. Myers on July 23, and The Hat Guys on July 30. Peck Farm Park will host its free concert from 3:30 to 5 p.m. July 27.

Plus, this Friday, Sunset Pool will be transformed into a tropical paradise for a Poolside Luau from 6 to 9 p.m.

Register now for an evening of swimming, traditional Hawaiian entertainment, hula dancing, games and a hot dog dinner. Cost is $11 a person ($16 nonresident).

Discounts apply for pool pass holders. 

“We are so excited to the celebrate Park and Recreation Month and highlight the benefits of the great outdoors right here in Geneva,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, the Geneva Park District’s executive director. “Geneva Park District is proud to promote conservation, and provide many opportunities for people to achieve healthier lifestyles. July is a great time to get out there and experience all the wonderful aspects of parks and recreation and gain an appreciation for the benefits they bring to our lives.”

Nationally, NRPA is encouraging everyone to participate in a social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram.

Anyone can participate by posting photos of themselves doing typical indoor activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN. For information, visit www.nrpa.org/July.

Learn about all the exciting July activities planned for the Geneva Park District by calling 630-232-4542, stopping by Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., or visiting us online at www.genevaparks.org.

• Natalie Seidel is marketing coordinator for the Geneva Park District and can be reached at 630-232-4542. Email her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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