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Summer is here, which means it’s time to get your play on. This July, discover the power of play in Kingsport as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including a one pitch softball tournament, disc golf tournament, croquet at Allandale, outdoor volleyball tournament and Rhythm in Riverview.

Kingsport is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.

“In celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month I encourage everyone to get out and play this summer in one of our many great city parks,” said Kitty Frazier, parks and recreation manager. “Play is a vital part of mental well-being, personal interaction and physical health.”

Block Quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw

NRPA is celebrating the month by hosting a weekly contest encouraging people to show them why play is so important in their lives. Visit for more information on how to participate. Entries can be submitted via the hashtag #NRPAPlayChallenge. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly.

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month and all the activities going on, visit and

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