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Parks and Rec Month comes to Calvert

Prince Frederick, MD – July marks the peak of summer. Cookouts at the park, camping trips, and swimming at the pool all fill the mid-summer month with a heatwave of fun. No fun would be had in the sun were it not for the dedicated staff at the Calvert County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) department who use July to highlight all that summer has to offer.

“[Parks and Rec] is the only department that touches you from the time you’re born to the time you leave this world,” stated Calvert Commissioner Mike Hart [R-district 1] before reading a proclamation for Parks and Recreation month. The board honored the department during one of their weekly meetings, acknowledging July 2019 as Parks and Recreation month. Since 1985, Parks and Recreation Month has highlighted the services that local departments across the nation provide daily for their communities. Here in Calvert, we consistently observe the month-long recognition that is designated by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Following the meeting and proclamation, CCPR Director Shannon Nazzal expressed the importance of the commissioners’ recognition, stating that they “realize the importance of being able to have recreational opportunities throughout your whole life.” She explained that her department offers activities for residents young and old, connecting them to the community “all over the county from tip to tail.”

The department operates 23 parks, eight community centers, and facilitates programs at 22 school sites, all in addition to multiple other facilities like the aquatic centers. In the past year alone, 300,000 individuals visited the county’s community centers, highlighting just how integral they and the department are to the county.

This year’s theme is “Game On!” highlighting and celebrating the “fun and games that parks and recreation bring to our community.” Some of the events include a National Video Games Day celebration July 8 at the Northeast Community Center, an Emoji Party July 19 at the Southern Community Center, and Movie night July 26 at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center. With a wide variety of activities and camps, CCPR and Director Shannon Nazzal are excited for what the month holds.

Nazzal finished the interview stating, “[CCPR] has very talented, educated, staff who are passionate about what they do.” She added that she “couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that team.” Nazzal and CCPR encourage residents to get out and visit one of the many parks, particularly one you haven’t seen yet.

A full list of events and camps can be viewed in the CCPR Summer 2019 Program Guide.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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