Save the date, it's time to CELEBRATE!
Park and Recreation Professionals Day, #ParkandRecDay, is back for its third year on July 16, 2021, and is celebrated during National Park & Recreation Month. We’re looking forward to building on the tremendous success of last year’s national celebration honoring essential industry professionals across the country, who make our communities better places to live, work and play. This year’s festivities are focused on sharing your stories and amplifying the critical work our park and rec professionals perform every day. We encourage all recreation and park agencies to honor their working professionals on or around July 16 - and PRPS and the Good Campaign will promote all their events!
The toolkit can help you promote your celebration and create a tribute to those who deliver quality recreational and educational programming and keep our parks clean, safe and ready to use. Please click on the links below to download the documents from the toolkit.
While we encourage all recreation and park agencies to honor their working professionals on or about July 16, (and PRPS and the Good Campaign will amplify all their promotional events), the Day’s celebrations will highlight three particular events about the state:
- Cranberry Township on July 10
- Mechanicsburg Area on July 15
- Warrington Township on July 16
The outreach toolkit will help you celebrate and promote Park & Recreation Professionals Day, it includes:
- SAMPLE PROCLAMATION: Seek and promote a Proclamation from your local governing body. Invite your elected officials to participate in your Celebration Event and publicly acknowledge your value to the community.
- GOOD Air Episode #4: How to Champion Your Local Park - Listen Here
- PRP Day Webinar: recording and handouts
- Senate Resolution: view here
LOGO: Use the logo on social media, website, and emails, from now until Park & Recreation Professionals Day and encourage your followers to do the same! Remember to use the hashtag #ParkandRecDay
GOOD Job! Award
Inspired by the belief that local parks and recreation improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians, the Good For You, Good For All campaign raises awareness and use of our essential local assets. Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day is celebrated each third Friday in July during National Park and Recreation Month. It honors those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the high quality programs and facilities we desire and expect in our parks and public spaces.
The GOOD JOB! Award is presented annually on Park and Recreation Professionals Day to an individual whose contributions, through leadership, community outreach, facility management, maintenance, or program and event planning, have directly influenced the health and vitality of their community.
Eligible Recipients: Any fulltime, part-time, or volunteer parks and recreation practitioner who has shown outstanding dedication to the field and has directly impacted the local community. Nominee criteria include: Demonstrated community leadership qualities. Involvement in innovative parks and recreation initiatives. Contributions to improvements in the recreation and park system. Outstanding, long-term impacts to the local community.
Nomination Process Nominations are submitted via this online form based on the above criteria, along with a short video (less than 5 minutes) or slides highlighting the nominee’s efforts and achievements. Candidates may be self-nominated.
Award Winners Awardees are requested to record a short acceptance video or be available for an in-person award presentation during the third week in July.
The GOOD JOB! Award is presented annually on behalf of the Good For You, Good For All campaign by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.