kids park 071521VILLA PARK – July is Park and Recreation Month, and State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is highlighting the benefits of spending time outside and utilizing public spaces in the community.

“Parks play such an important role in creating a healthy community,” Cullerton said. “DuPage County offers a ton of parks and outdoor opportunities, so I encourage everyone to take some time while the weather is nice to explore what our community has to offer.”

According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks play an important role in maintaining quality of life in a community. Parks provide gathering places for members of a community to interact with each other, host public events and offer recreational programs.

From hiking at state parks to enjoying a playground at a local park district, there is something for everyone to take advantage of during Park and Recreation Month.

“Parks and other recreational areas can promote physical fitness, increase the aesthetics of an area, and even bring in money to a community through tourism,” Cullerton said. “Keep an eye out for events through your local park districts for the best ways to get out and enjoy the month.”

Check out what DuPage County has to offer, or visit local park district websites like Bloomingdale, Bartlett, and Carol Stream to see the latest on what their facilities have going on.