MURRIETA: Discover all your city’s parks have to offer during National Park and Recreation Month

MURRIETA — When people think of parks they often envision playgrounds, recreation centers, sports leagues, summer camps, and children at play. But parks and recreation is so much more than that.

With many Murrieta parks featuring running, hiking, biking and walking trails; senior programs, innovative health and wellness opportunities, community celebrations, outdoor recreation, habitat conservation, maintenance, and more, July is the perfect month for residents to get out and discover everything the City’s parks have to offer.

Although America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month since 1985, a recent study conducted for the National Recreation and Park Association found that three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis. This year’s NRPA “Out is In” campaign seeks to change that.

Recognizing the importance of community parks and recreational areas and the role they play as a contributing environmental indicator for better health and physical activity, this July, the NRPA is challenging children and adults of all ages to get outdoors and get healthy.

To celebrate this year’s Park and Recreation Month, the City of Murrieta is challenging its residents to “Discover our Parks” and explore the countless beneficial aspects of local parks and recreation.

Once a week throughout the month of July, area residents will have the opportunity to “discover” a new park each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Every week a different, undisclosed park will be chosen and residents will be given the opportunity to win prizes, participate in games and giveaways, meet their neighbors and make new friends, and enjoy tasty treats.

How will you know which park is to be featured each week? That is up to you to follow the Murrieta Community Services District on Facebook where you can obtain clues about which park is chosen each week by answering posted questions correctly.

To add fun to this year’s event Parks and Recreation related prizes will be awarded to those who find each week’s featured park first.

So, redefine how you think about your local parks and recreation programs and uncover a lifetime of discovery!

Anyone with questions about this year’s month-long event is encouraged to contact Murrieta’s Community Services District at (951) 304-PARK (7275).

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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