Businesses celebrating National Parks & Rec Month with special releases

July is National Parks & Recreation Month. The month is one of the busiest times of the year for Lexington Parks & Recreation, with summer camps in full swing and numerous events and programs each week. For the third year, each Friday of the month a different local business will celebrate and feature a collaborative release, with a portion of proceeds going toward planting trees in local parks.

“We love celebrating National Parks & Recreation Month each year with a calendar full of events and programs for people of all ages,” Parks & Recreation Director Monica Conrad said. “Between our Fourth of July festivities kicking off the month and the numerous other events and programs throughout July – there's no shortage of ways to celebrate with us!”

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) designated July as National Parks & Recreation Month beginning in 1985. The month-long celebration is the perfect time to explore, enjoy, and celebrate local parks, facilities, events, and programs. Between nature programming, concerts and special events, golf courses in full swing, community center activities, and public pools making a splash, there are numerous ways for Lexington residents to enjoy activities with friends and families throughout the month.

In addition to the busy activity schedule, Lexington Parks & Recreation has partnered with local businesses for the third year to release a collaborative product each Friday in July. A portion of proceeds from each release goes toward Trees Lexington, funding tree planting in local parks around the city.

“Our third year of collaborations includes another amazing group of businesses to celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month with,” said Paul Hooper, Information Office Supervisor for Lexington Parks & Recreation. “Coming off the success of the collaborations the past two years, many selling out at record speeds, we are excited to work with Sav’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Third Street Stuff & Coffee, Great Bagel & Bakery, and Wise Bird Cider. We can’t thank them enough for their support of our parks and love that they can be a part of planting some new trees around town!”

The collaborative release schedule can be found below. For a full schedule of events and programs planned throughout the month, visit

Parks & Recreation Month Collaboration Schedule

  • Friday, July 5 – Sav’s Gourmet Ice Cream – 819 National Ave., Suite 130
    Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Friday, July 12 – Third Street Stuff & Coffee – 257 N. Limestone #1
    Green Matcha Lemonade
  • Friday, July 19 – Great Bagel & Bakery – 396 Woodland Ave. & 3650 Boston Rd. #108
    Berry Bagel Special
  • Friday, July 26 – Wise Bird Cider Co. – 1170 Manchester St. #140
    Hisle Farm Park Blackberry Cider

Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programing, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.


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