Cape Coral Celebrates July as “National Park and Recreation Month”

Month-long celebration highlights the essential value of parks and recreation

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers. Cape Coral Parks & Recreation is joining municipalities from across the country to celebrate July as National Park and Recreation Month.

Initiated by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985, this annual observation recognizes all the ways parks and recreation can transform people’s daily lives.  From providing places to play and stay healthy, to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, Cape Coral’s park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve local quality of life.

Cape Coral’s main event to celebrate Park and Recreation Month will be a free “Parks & Recreation FUN Day” at the Wm. Austen Youth Center (315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral) on Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Open to all ages, the public will have a chance to learn about various Parks & Recreation divisions and community partners at one convenient location. Free activities will include an inflatable obstacle course and games, live critters, a photo booth, chair massages, a trackless train, scavenger hunt, character visits, child fingerprinting, prize drawings and much more.

In addition, a proclamation signed by Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello designating July as “Park and Recreation Month” and “A Summer Moment” photo mosaic art display depicting local children at play will be on display on the first floor of Cape Coral City Hall from July 2-27.

The public is also invited to pick up a free children’s activity book (recommended for kids under age 10) throughout July at the Parks & Recreation reception desk located on the second floor of City Hall during normal office hours (available while supply lasts). 

Finally, free boat trailer parking will be offered at the City’s public boat ramps the weekend of July 28-29 and Coral Oaks Golf Course will offer PGA Family Golf Month specials all month long to encourage affordable family bonding on the golf course. (Visit for details.)

“National Park and Recreation Month recognizes the vast opportunities that parks and recreation provide for children and adults,” said Kerry Runyon, Director of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation. “Participation in leagues, organized activities, playgrounds and walking through parks for a leisurely social activity is what we are all about in Parks and Recreation.”

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