Hillsboro parks offer special activities during July

Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis, and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air, according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Summer is the perfect time to get out and get some fresh air.

During the month of July, the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit a favorite park in July, which is "National Park and Recreation Month." This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” challenges everyone to do something outside they would normally do inside, said Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Director Wayne Gross.

“From picnicking in the park instead of sitting inside or even holding a meeting outside, there are small ways you can make going out part of your daily routine,” Gross explained.

The parks and facilities run by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation offer ample opportunities to go OUTside, get INspired, change your OUTlook and get INvolved, Gross noted.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation will celebrate Park and Recreation Month by highlighting existing programs, such as summer camps, and promoting new ones, such as a free swim for the first 200 people on Tuesday, July 22 (see sidebar).

In addition to getting involved locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN.

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, go to

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