ParkRx Day

#BeforeParkRx and #AfterParkRx
Celebrate ParkRx Day with us on April 28, 2019!

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During National Park Week, you can give yourself the gift of good health by getting outdoors to a park near you on National ParkRx Day on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

We invite you to join us on this special day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health.

See the difference ParkRx makes with our #BeforeParkRx and #AfterParkRx photo gallery!

Why celebrate National ParkRx Day?

  • Spread enthusiasm for the ParkRx movement
  • Celebrate existing ParkRx programs
  • Bring communities together to create new ParkRx programs
  • Connect with parks for your health and theirs

Learn more about hosting your own ParkRx Day celebration, including how to register your event or find toolkits.

Reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a park on ParkRx Day:

  • Being in nature can improve your mood.
  • Having access to parks can increase physical activity and combat obesity.
  • Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
  • Contact with nature through parks improves all people's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Parks foster social connections, which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social well-being.
  • For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive, and social benefits.
  • For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
  • Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.

The National Park Service's Healthy Parks Healthy People has identified ParkRx as a Healthy Parks Healthy People promising practice for national expansion.

Check out our Healthy Parks Healthy People Resources Page to learn more about how parks promote health.


Anchorage, AK—Goose Lake Park (April 27)
Bridgeport, AL—Russell Cave National Monument (April 27 & 28)
Hot Springs, AR—Hot Springs National Park (April 28)
Clarkdale, AZ—Tuzigoot National Monument (April 28)
Hereford, AZ—Coronado National Monument (April 28)
Phoenix, AZ—South Mountain Park and Preserve, Judith Tunnel Trail (April 28)
Tumacacori, AZ—Tumacácori National Historical Park (April 28)
Los Angeles, CA—El Cariso Community Regional Park (April 28)
Richmond, CA—John F. Kennedy Park (April 27)
Yosemite, CA—Yosemite National Park (April 20)
Denver, CO—Chautauqua Park (April 22)
Wheat Ridge, CO—Prospect Park (April 28)
Bridgeport, CT—Elton Rogers Park (April 22)
North Port, FL—Garden of the Five Senses (April 20)
Decatur, GA—Mason Mill Park (April 28)
Decatur, GA—Medlock Park (April 28)
Decatur, GA—Scott Park (April 28)
Decatur, GA—Springbrook Park (April 28)
Decatur, GA—W.D. Thomson Park (April 28)
Ellenwood, GA—Bouldercrest Park (April 28)
Lithonia, GA—Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (April 28)
Stone Mountain, GA—Hairston Park (April 28)
Atlanta, GA—Henderson Park (April 28)
Atlanta, GA—Olmsted Linear Park-Dellwood (April 28)
Atlanta, GA—Zonolite Park (April 28)
Honolulu, HI—Kapolani Park (April 28)
Baltimore, MD—Mount Washington Arboretum (April 28)

Flintstone, MD—Rocky Gap State Park (April 23)
Gaithersburg, MD—Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm (April 28)
Greenbelt, MD—Greenbelt Park (April 28)
Upper Marlboro, MD—Watkins Regional Park (April 28)
Luverne, MN—Blue Mounds State Park (April 28)
Two Harbors, MN—Gooseberry Falls State Park (April 27 & 28)
Diamond, MO—George Washington Carver National Monument (April 28)
St. Louis, MO—Gateway Arch National Park (April 28)
Greenville, NC—River Park North (April 28)
Manteo, NC—Cape Hatteras (April 28)
Manteo, NC—Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (April 20 & 28)

Gering, NE—Scotts Bluff National Monument (April 28)
Sandy Hook, NJ—Gateway National Recreation Area (April 28)
Pecos, NM—Pecos National Historical Park (April 28)
Reno, NV—IdleWild Park (April 27)
Hyde Park, NY—Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site (April 27)
Mount Kisco, NY—Leonard Park (April 28)
New York, NY—Hamilton Grande National Memorial (April 28)
Patchogue, NY—Fire Island National Seashote (April 28)

McAlster, OK—Stipe Recreation Center (April 27)
Clinton, OK—ACME Brick Park (April 28)
King of Prussia, PA—Valley Forge National Historic Park (April 28)
Pittsburgh, PA—Frick Park (April 27)
Scranton, PA—Steamtown National Historic Site (April 28)
State College, PA—Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (April 28)
Eva, TN—Nathan Bedford Forrest Stare Park (April 27)
Henning, TN—Fort Pillow State Historic Park (April 28)
New Johnsonville, TN—Johnsonville State Historic Park (April 28)
Pikeville, TN—Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (Head of Sequatchie) (May 4)
Roan Mountain, TN—Roan Mountain State Park (April 28)
Orem, UT—Provo Canyon (April 28)
Hopewell, VA—City Park (April 28)
South Burlington, VT—Charlotte Wildlife Refuge (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Bellingham Senior Activity Center (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Cordata Park (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Lake Padden Park (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Larrabee State Park (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Stimpson Nature Reserve (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Whatcom Falls Park (April 28)
Bellingham, WA—Zuanich Point Park (April 28)
Blaine, WA—Lincoln Park (April 28)
Blaine, WA—Peace Arch Historical State Park (April 28)
Ferndale, WA—Hovander Homestead Park (April 28)
Tacoma, WA—Point Defiance Park (April 28)
Glen Jean, WV—New River Gorge National River (Glade Creek) (April 28)

Is your event not listed here? Contact the National ParkRx Coordinator.


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Last updated: June 21, 2019