Every year since 1985, July has been designated National Parks and Recreation Month in celebration of the importance of parks and recreation in relation to health and wellness.
This month, throughout the nation, the spotlight falls on parks of all sizes and amenities, and recreation programs and special events organized by local governments.
A recent research article featured on the National Recreation and Park Association highlights the various health benefits gained from visiting parks and participating in recreational activities, among them an improved mood and attitude, better mental health and functioning, and enhanced mindfulness and creativity.
Regardless of your age, interests, or amount of spare time you have – there are numerous recreation options to choose from. A few ideas are:
Enjoy a family meal at a park. If the weather is favorable, pack a meal and snacks and head to a local park with picnic tables or open lawn areas. Most parks feature picnic tables, including some with pavilions. A list of all city parks and their amenities can be found on the City website at www.diamondbarca.gov/recreation.
Take your meditation or cardio activity to a park. If you practice yoga indoors or take walks in your neighborhood, consider going to park when practical. Larkstone Park, the city’s newest neighborhood park, may be modest in size at only 5 acres, but its high elevation, large open grass areas, and 0.75 walking path along its perimeter make the perfect location for both meditation and cardio. Check out a quick video of the June 2 Larkstone Park Grand Opening on the City’s official Facebook channel at www.facebook.com/cityofdiamondbarca.
Give your treadmill a break and head out to a community trail. Located within city parks and open space areas, Diamond Bar recreational trails feature both flat paths for leisure walks and paths that include mellow inclines and steep grades for a challenging hike. Short virtual tours offering 360-degree panoramic views of most Diamond Bar trails and their amenities are available by visiting www.diamondbarca.gov/trails.
Check out the community recreation guide and sign up for a class. Whether you are looking to get fit, improve your health, bond with your toddler, or connect with like-mined individuals, the City’s recreation guide is a good starting point. It features more than 20 pages filled with classes that include "parent and me" classes, youth sports, teen and adult fitness opportunities, and senior activities. Registration for summer classes is still open, and a new guide featuring fall recreational offerings is due to be printed in August. View the current guide and sign up online.