The month of July has been deemed Park and Recreation Month in the City of OFallon, according to a recent proclamation issued by Mayor Gary Graham.
The Proclamation further extends appreciation to OFallons Parks and Recreation Department and the numerous volunteers for the work they accomplish to ensure the parks are safe and accessible for all citizens to enjoy.
In celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, I encourage OFallon residents to take advantage of all the amenities that our great parks offer, Mayor Graham said. We have everything from walking/biking trails at the Sports Park, Rock Springs Park and Thoman Park to swimming, tennis and baseball at Community Park. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy.
OFallons parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in the community, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic environmental well-being of OFallon and the region.
Parks and recreation programs build healthy, active communities that aid in the prevention of chronic disease, provide therapeutic recreation services for those who are mentally or physically disabled and also improve the mental and emotional health of all citizens.
Additionally, parks and recreation programs increase a communitys economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of the local tax base, increased tourism, the attraction and retention of businesses and crime reduction.
As part of this years celebration, the City of OFallon and the Village of Shiloh are planning activities to help keep the community active and involved.
A free swim for both OFallon and Shiloh residents will be from 5-9 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Memorial Pool (located at Community Park, 401 E. Fifth Street).
Parks and recreation agencies touch the lives of individuals, families, groups, and the entire community, positively impacting the communitys social, economic, health and environmental quality. In recognition of the important services these agencies provide, the National Park and Recreation Association has designated July as Parks and Recreation Month.
For more information on Parks and Recreation Month, log on to www.nrpa.org, or visit www.ofallon.org/ofallon-parks-and-recreation to find out more about activities near you.