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MWCD Celebrates Park and Recreation Month

July 14, 2023

Since 1985, July has been celebrated as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the essential and powerful role local park and recreation professionals — such as our staff at Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) — play in building stronger, more vibrant and more resilient communities all across the country. 

This July, we will celebrate the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services and fostering the growth of our communities.

“July is the perfect time to share how our park and recreation professionals contribute to the overall health, well-being and growth of our community,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. “We serve a vital function to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to more than five million guests who come to our lakes every summer. It is so important that park systems thrive to enrich the communities, and lives of the guests that we serve. We encourage everyone in to come celebrate the power of parks and recreation with us this July.”

MWCD is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and identities to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and environmental resilience, as well as bring the community closer through a variety of programs and services. Programs range from guided hikes, kayak tours, day camps, live music, and movies under the stars to name a few.

NRPA encourages everyone who supports parks and recreation to share how it has impacted their lives with the hashtag #WhereCommunityGrows. For more information, visit 

Learn about the exciting activities planned at MWCD parks online at

Click to view a message from MWCD Executive Director, Craig Butler



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