ParkRx Day

People dancing at Meridian Hill Park
Celebrate ParkRx Day with us on April 28, 2019!

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ParkRx (prescriptions) are programs designed in collaboration with healthcare providers and community partners that utilize parks, trails, and open spaces to improve individual and community health. Learn more about the ParkRx initiative.

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

It is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. National ParkRx Day encourages everyone to consider visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of 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.

There are more than 400 national parks across the country offering countless opportunities to join an event or simply go enjoy the great outdoors!

 

Anchorage, AK—Goose Lake Park
Bridgeport, AL—Russell Cave National Monument
Tumacacori, AZ—Tumacácori National Historical Park
Clarkdale, AZ—Tuzigoot National Monument
Phoenix, AZ—South Mountain Park and Preserve, Judith Tunnel Trail
Richmond, CA—John F. Kennedy Park
Wheat Ridge, CO—Prospect Park
Bridgeport, CT—Elton Rogers Park
North Port, FL—Garden of the Five Senses
Decatur, GA—Mason Mill Park
Decatur, GA—Medlock Park
Decatur, GA—Scott Park
Decatur, GA—Springbrook Park
Decatur, GA—W.D. Thomson Park
Ellenwood, GA—Bouldercrest Park
Lithonia, GA—Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
Stone Mountain, GA—Hairston Park
Atlanta, GA—Henderson Park
Atlanta, GA—Olmsted Linear Park-Dellwood
Atlanta, GA—Zonolite Park
Flintstone, MD—Rocky Gap State Park
Gaithersburg, MD—Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm
Greenbelt, MD—Greenbelt Park
Upper Marlboro, MD—Watkins Regional Park
Luverne, MN—Blue Mounds State Park
Two Harbors, MN—Gooseberry Falls State Park
Diamond, MO—George Washington Carver National Monument
Greenville, NC—River Park North
Gering, NE—Scotts Bluff National Monument
Sandy Hook, NJ—Gateway National Recreation Area
Hyde Park, NY—Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site
Mount Kisco, NY—Leonard Park
New York, NY—Hamilton Grande National Memorial
McAlster, OK—Stipe Recreation Center
Clinton, OK—ACME Brick Park
King of Prussia, PA—Valley Forge National Historic Park
Pittsburgh, PA—Frick Park
Scranton, PA—Steamtown National Historic Site
State College, PA—Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Eva, TN—North Bedford Forrest Stare Park
Henning, TN—Fort Pillow State Historic Park
Pikeville, TN—Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (Head of Sequatchie)
Roan Mountain, TN—Roan Mountain State Park
Orem, UT—Provo Canyon
South Burlington, VT—Charlotte Wildlife Refuge
Bellingham, WA—Bellingham Senior Activity Center
Bellingham, WA—Cordata Park
Bellingham, WA—Lake Padden Park
Bellingham, WA—Larrabee State Park
Bellingham, WA—Stimpson Nature Reserve
Bellingham, WA—Whatcom Falls Park
Bellingham, WA—Zuanich Point Park
Blaine, WA—Lincoln Park
Blaine, WA—Peace Arch Historical State Park
Ferndale, WA—Hovander Homestead Park
Tacoma, WA—Point Defiance Park
Glen Jean, WV—New River Gorge National River (Glade Creek)

Want to see your event listed here? Contact the
National ParkRx Coordinator.

 

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Last updated: April 12, 2019