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Cary and Raleigh Celebrating Park Month with Contest and Prizes

Black Creek Greenway At Lake Crabtree

Black Creek Greenway (Cary)

July is National Park and Recreation Month, and here in Wake County, the Town of Cary and City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources departments invite you to celebrate the parks and participate in photo contests with great prizes to show off how you’re enjoying the parks, greenways and facilities.

Celebrating in Cary

Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources urges citizens to take to its more than 2,529 acres of recreation space to enjoy fresh air, exercise and entertainment with family and neighbors.This year’s theme, “Out is In,” encourages individuals to complete their daily routine outside as much as possible, like a picnic dinner at the park, outdoor meeting in lieu of a conference room, and clocking miles on a greenway instead of a treadmill. In Cary, there are over 70 miles of greenways, 28 parks, eight special use facilities, four sports venues and three community centers. “Snap a selfie at any of our parks, greenways, and events and share it on Facebook and Twitter to help us all remember to celebrate outdoors this month,” said Jennifer Warner, Marketing Specialist. Users who tag images using #CaryParkRec will be entered to win a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Goodie Bag. Locating outdoor recreation space in Cary is easy. For a list of parks with amenities, greenways and facilities, search “Parks and Rec” at or call (919) 469-4061.

Celebrating in Raleigh

Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources offers 13,000 programs ranging from summer camps, to recreational leagues, and various activities for seniors in the has a fun and interactive way to celebrate. “The parks represent a huge portion of what makes this city a great place to live – with over 220 parks and 100 miles of greenways in Greater Raleigh and 9,845 acres of parks in the area it’s an exciting time to get out and get active!” said Cara McLeod, Marketing Communication Coordinator for City of Raleigh. Raleigh is raising awareness with a new #TagURiT Campaign during the month of July! Participants simply capture a fun, inspiring or special photo or video this month and upload it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #TagURiT. The top 3 photos will have a chance to win a GoPro Camera (Grand Prize), $75 Gift Card to REI (1st Place) and $50 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods (Runner Up). Visit the details and check out this video about the contest.

National Celebration & Contest

Since 1985, July has served as the national celebration for Park and Recreation Month by the National Recreation and Park Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. This month NRPA  is monitoring Instagram and Twitter in July for photos tagged #JulyOutIsIn; the organization will randomly award one person each day with a $50 gift card to Amazon, with a grand prize of a $500 Amazon gift card on August 1 to one contest participant.

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