Updated on: June 13, 2022

You can get involved in Park and Recreation Month by:

  • Using the hashtag #RiseUpJuly throughout the month on social media
  • Sharing stories from your community about how parks and recreation benefits your life
  • Tag/share your photos with us on Instagram @Ottawacountyparks and we may share to our story!
  • Learn more about Park and Recreation month by visiting: http://nrpa.org/events/july/

Ottawa County is home to some of Michigan’s most scenic natural spaces and recreational areas, including some of the most visited in the State, including Grand Haven, Holland, and PJ Hoffmaster State Parks. Since the formation of the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission in 1987, the presence of parkland in the County has great expanded and access to natural and recreational land has increased for this growing community.

Due to the numerous ecological, economic, and health/wellness benefits provided by the Parks in Ottawa County, the Board of Commissioners joined the US House of Representatives in officially designating July Parks and Recreation Month in Ottawa County on June 22, 2021.

We hope you can join us for a program, special event, summer camp or StoryWalk this July to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month!

Check out our July offerings here

Register for a program here

Take a look at ALL of our summer programs!

Are you a stroke survivor? Do you know a stroke survivor? Join us for a special event on July 25.

It was moved by Commissioner James Holtvluwer and supported by Commissioner Philip Kuyers that the following Resolution be adopted:

WHEREAS, our parks and recreation programs promote the health of all citizens who enjoy them and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region; and,
WHEREAS, parks 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; and,
WHEREAS, parks and natural recreation areas improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, and produce habitat for wildlife; and,
WHEREAS, our parks and natural recreation areas ensure the ecological beauty of our community, preserve the character of community, and provide a place for children and adults to connect with nature; and,
WHEREAS, our parks and natural recreation areas attract visitors from all over the world, help attract residents and businesses, and are significant driver of economic activity; and,
WHEREAS, the U.S. House of Representatives has designated July as Parks and Recreation Month; and,
WHEREAS, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners recognizes the benefits derived from parks and recreation resources,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is designating July as Parks and Recreation Month within Ottawa County.

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