Along with July being National Picnic Month, this month is also National Park and Recreation Month, which makes sense considering that picnics and parks go hand in hand! We love this infographic created by National Recreation and Park Association that shares some fun facts about community spaces boosting positive attitudes toward cultural diversity, how playing outside enhances vision and that half of exercise in America takes place at parks.
According to Plan 4 Health’s website, National Park and Recreation Month “is a time to promote the benefits of healthy, vibrant communities.” Going outside is a simple action, and the benefits are life changing. An article published by The Trek explains that taking in the fresh air and enjoying nature can improve sleep, attention span, reduce inflammation and boost overall psychological health.
Parks are vital parts of communities and neighborhoods. According to an article published by Green Ribbon, there are many reasons that parks are essential, including reduction of smog and heat in urban neighborhoods, managing storm water, natural ecosystems and so much more.
At the Levitt Foundation, we strive to bring communities together through the revitalization of green and public spaces, many of which are located in parks. As all Levitt concerts are held outside, it’s not unusual for Levitt concertgoers to engage in physical activities before, during and after the free shows, such as beanbag races, biking and dancing, as illustrated in the slideshow below.
So go outside, bring a picnic, play tug of war or simply dance the night away while enjoying free music under the stars. Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month today in your local park, or check out our website to find free Levitt concerts happening across the country!