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Dept. celebrates Parks & Rec month with host of activities

By Sara Escobar

July marks the beginning of Parks and Recreation month in Harker Heights. The city will be holding special events this month to help spread awareness for the natural beauty of parks along with promoting the wellness of the community by preserving parks for many years to come. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the official Parks and Recreation month, and Harker Heights has adopted the tradition since July 2013.
This month, the city is hosting a “Fun Day in the Park” on Saturday, July 9. It will take place at Carl Levin Park, located at 400 Miller’s Crossing, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The park will also have inflatables, different vendors, games for families, and a DJ.
The Activities Specialist of the Parks and Recreation department in Harker Heights, Sarah Mylcraine, says this month helps to specifically highlight the vital and powerful role parks and recreation play in all communities.
“Parks and recreation aids in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts across the country and therefore we wanted to get involved with this initiative,” Mylcraine said.
This month’s theme for parks and recreation is called “Discover Your Superpower”, which was created to help urge citizens to experience the power in our local parks and to also encourage people to rally together to learn and be a part of a community that acts as superheroes for their parks.
Mylcraine also says the goal for this month is to ultimately help enhance the quality of life for those living in or nearby Harker Heights. “Our city offers numerous programs and events for members of the community at little or no cost, so we try and encourage everyone to get outside and experience the power of parks and recreation for themselves.” Mylcraine added.
The National Recreation and Park Association holds true to their name by celebrating and advancing parks throughout the nation with cutting-edge conservation and pursuit of key-issues. This year, the NRPA raised more than $7 million, the highest amount ever, with plans of $5 million benefitting parks and recreation through direct grants. In 2017, the NRPA intends to create healthy, sustainable, more equitable neighborhoods by implementing new health and conservation programs, with a strong focus on underserved communities.
To find out more information on Parks and Recreation month and what activities are available to get involved in, call the Harker Heights Recreation Center at 254-953-5657 or visit


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