A Month of Celebrations
Local residents of all ages are invited to enjoy July as National Park and Recreation Month as Putnam County prepares for a multitude of festivities.
Putnam County Parks and Recreation will celebrate the month of activities, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association, by inviting the community to visit local parks and recreation centers. Activities will include pickleball, kickball, aquatics center events and more.
“I think sometimes we are overlooked, and people think there is not a lot to do in Putnam County,” Recreation Manager Tess Simpson said. “There are a ton things to do at their fingertips and they just have to be introduced to it.”
Youth pickleball events for children ages 8-10 will be 9 — 11 a.m. July 18th at the tennis courts at the John Theobold Sports Complex, 120 Carter Road in Palatka. Pickleball for children 11-13 will be 9 — 11 a.m. July 25.
An open house of the senior center, which will include a tour and activities, will be 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. July 19, 1215 Westover Drive in Palatka. Family Kickball Day will take place 10 a.m. — noon July 20 at the softball fields at the sports complex.
The program will also include a Float-in Movie Night 7 p.m. July 26 at the Putnam Aquatics Center, 1209 Westover Drive.
“We are really looking forward to the kickball day,” Simpson said. “I have kids myself, so I think that it will be really fun.”
Whether it is a family interested in trying their luck at kickball, a senior wishing to enjoy the senior’s center or a teen learning pickleball, this month highlights the opportunities residents have, Simpson said.
“It is just about getting people outside and realizing there is always the opportunity to have fun outside. Whether it is very planned and you are participating in a Parks and Rec season of soccer or you just take your kickball our with your family and have fun,” she said.
The department and its programs were recognized with a proclamation at a Putnam County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. Each program would not be possible without Parks and Recreation staff, Director Angie Whisnant said.
“What I decided to do this year for Parks and Recreation Month was to recognize staff members and our volunteers,” Whisnant said at the meeting. “We could not accomplish all of the things that we accomplish without their help. … We are happy to keep continuing and providing this service to the good folks of Putnam County.”
This is the first year the department is recognizing Parks and Recreation Month with these types of programs, Simpson said.
“What we are trying to do is showcase programs that we typically do but make it a recognizable event,” she said. “I am thrilled. I think it is going to be great.”