July is Parks and Recreation month. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as Park and Recreation Month. A program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the goal is to raise awareness of the essential services that park and recreation professionals provide to communities across the U.S. This July, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is celebrating with the theme We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation. All month long, we’ll be highlighting the ways our community is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.