To the citizens of Ardmore July is now more than just the month with fireworks, hotdogs, and family fun, it’s also Parks and Recreation Month.
Mayor Sheryl Ellis issued a proclamation at the city commissioner’s regular meeting Monday, declaring the month so.
“Parks, recreation activities, and leisure experiences provide opportunities for young people to live, grow and develop into contributing members of society,” Ellis said, reading from the proclamation. “(I) call upon all citizens to join us in recognizing the importance of our parks and recreation facilities and to learn more about how to support the places that bring our communities a higher quality of life.”
The move to make July Parks and Recreation Month falls in line with the National Recreation and Park Association’s declaration that it be a national month of recognition to park services.
In honor of the proclamation, the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department plans to host a celebration of the event July 22 at the city’s waterpark. The event will have food, games, and prizes for the while family.
“I want to thank our citizens because without them we wouldn’t have a need for the Parks and Recreation divisions,” said Teresa Ervin, Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director. “If you can find time to come out, do, and enjoy because that’s what it is all about.”
The proclamation was given to Ervin on behalf of the city.
“We want to recognize the vital contributions of the employees and volunteers in parks and recreations facilities,” Ellis said.