July is National Park and Recreation Month
It’s time to get your play on!
This July, no matter what your age, discover the power of play and adventure. Play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions for both adults and children. July is National Park and Recreation Month, so we’re challenging everyone to get their play on in Westfield’s parks!
Here are some interesting facts about the power of play…
- One hour of daily vigorous play provides intense skill learning.
- Kids who play outside have better vision than those who play inside.
- Three in four adults over the age of 30 who play sports played sports as children.
- Community play spaces (such as our parks and trails) boost pos
itive attitudes toward cultural diversity and reduce feelings of isolation.
- Kids who play at school become team players and develop into creative thinkers.
Park and recreation services are vital for our communities – from protecting open space and natural resources to helping fight obesity and providing activities for all walks of life. 74% of children don’t get enough daily exercise; encouraging active play in our parks is a great way to get more physically active!
The Westfield Parks Department wants to encourage everyone to get out in our parks and on our trails to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Post photos on social media using the #PlayOnJuly hashtag and we’ll share your photos!
Here are some ways you can celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in Westfield:
- Yoga in the Park – Need some fresh air after a long week? Come out to Asa Bales Park on Saturday, July 22 and Saturday, July 29 for a free yoga class from 9-10 am! Modifications and special props will be available so that people of all ages and abilities can attend. These classes will be led by Teri Russell, who is 200 RYT-500 and RCYT Yoga Alliance Certified. Teri is committed to sharing the benefits of uniting the mind, body and spirit in a welcoming space.
- Cool Off at the Splash Pad – Hot summer days call for a way to cool down while having fun. Come run, play and make memories at the Splash Pad located at Quaker Park. While you’re there, check out the new playground equipment we unveiled in May!
- Hit the Trails with Your Furry Friend – Westfield has over 85 miles of trails to explore, including Grassy Branch Trail, Midland Trace Trail and the Natalie Wheeler Trail. You can even find dog drinking bowls and dog waste stations along Midland Trace Trail and the Monon Trail!
- All Inclusive Playground – Freedom Trail Park boasts an all-inclusive playground with a sensory garden specifically designed for children of all abilities and to provide a chance for all children to play. Children in wheelchairs can access the equipment on the wide ramp system and all children will enjoy the interactive features such as spinning, twirling and the interactive wind chimes.
- Simon Moon Park – Simon Moon Park has not only one but two playgrounds to enjoy with your kids, and the Midland Trace Trail winds around the park. Don’t limit your play to the summertime, check out the sledding hill when it snows in the winter to keep playing all year round!