July: National Recreation and Parks Month

July is national Recreation and Parks month.  With the tag line, “What is Out is IN”, the National Recreation and Park Association is highlighting all that occurs in parks across the Country.  

Mayor Bianchi stated, “July is an ideal month to recognize, and pay tribute to, the numerous parks and recreation opportunities in Pittsfield, along with the City employees and volunteers that keep them going. In Pittsfield, we have parks, lakes and recreation opportunities in every neighborhood.  And, not only do we have them available, but we utilize them.” 

In the month of July alone, the parks in Pittsfield will: 

  • Host “Outdoor Movie Nights” in Clapp  Park 
  • Have the “Summer Playground Program” in three parks, providing supervision and informal games and arts and crafts
  • Station lifeguards at Burbank Park on Onota Lake
  • Offer a free ‘Just for Kicks’ soccer clinic for kids in partnership with the Pittsfield Soccer Club & Sports Domain  Academy
  • Introduce Shakespeare in the Park to Pittsfield (its new home) at Springside Park
  • Support Live on the Lake (which is an event run by Live 95.9 & Greylock Federal Credit Union)

Bianchi added, “I am a strong supporter of the parks as they play a crucial role in encouraging our children to get outdoors and stay healthy. Anytime I drive by a park, I enjoy seeing people using the amenities.” 

Across the nation, cities and towns will be honoring their parks in various ways. The month is chosen as many people visit parks and take part in recreational activities during summer months. 

Becky Tefft, Recreation Activities Coordinator, stated, “July is a huge month for us, it is extremely busy.” 

Joe Durwin, of Friends of Springside Park, commented, “The Friends of Springside are thrilled to see the incredible variety of recreation activities available in Pittsfield's largest park this summer during Park and Recreation month.” 

Durwin added to the list of park run activities occurring at Springside Park, “Every Monday features 5:30PM Zumba and 6:45PM yoga classes in the gardens ($10 donation recommended), Tuesdays offer weekly mountain bike racing in the north part of the park at 6pm and 7pm concerts on the lawn of the historic Springside House, and the exciting production of A Midsummer Night's Dream under the stars, Thursdays-Sundays, July 17-27, by Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park. “ 

To have an update on all that is going on in the parks, you can follow @MayorBianchi on Twitter, friend “Pittsfield Parks Recreation” on Facebook and visit the Parks and Recreation page on www.cityofpittsfield.org