It’s official: July is National Park and Recreation Month. Just before their August recess, the House last week passed by voice vote, H. RES. 288 recognizing the importance of park and recreation programs and facilities and expressing support for the designation of the month of July as "National Park and Recreation Month."

Introduced in March by Rep. John Barrow of Georgia, the legislation at final passage included 48 co-sponsors. The National Recreation and Park Association supported the legislation and according to a press release from NRPA, Representative Barrow noted in his presenting statements, "Park and recreation facilities aid in combating obesity and chronic disease Epidemics; connect children with nature; provide opportunities for increased physical activities; and enhance the quality of life for injured military service members and those with physical disabilities through therapeutic recreation. As American families enjoy our summer season, I offer H. Res. 288 as a tribute to our state and local parks and their employees and I urge my colleagues to support it."