|Posted:||June 1, 2021 02:20 PM|
|From:||Senator Michele Brooks and Sen. Judith L. Schwank|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Resolution designating July 16, 2021 as Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day|
|We soon plan to introduce a Resolution designating July 16, 2021 as Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 6,000 local parks and 121 state parks. An April 2020 analysis by George Mason University found that local park and recreation systems in Pennsylvania support 14,480 jobs, and contribute $695 million in labor income and $2.28 billion in annual economic activity.
The value and importance Pennsylvanians place on parks and recreation facilities has been demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic by the surge in visitation, a 26% increase in state parks from 2020. Pennsylvania’s Park and Recreation Professionals help promote physical, emotional and mental health and wellness through organized and self-directed fitness and activity for people of all ages and abilities. They also sustain and steward our natural resources by protecting habitat and open space and connecting people to nature.
We hope you will join us in cosponsoring this Resolution.
Introduced as SR147