Parks & Recreation Character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, in front of a mural of a field of flowers. Text reads "Sometimes all you need is the fresh air and open space to clear your head. Parks provide that."

By NBC – Original publication: Promotional photograph of Leslie Knope. Immediate source:, Fair use,

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, a time to celebrate the dedicated professionals who create and maintain the vital green spaces that are the heart and soul of our communities. As Leslie Knope, our fictional hero from Pawnee, Indiana, once said, “Parks are the heart and soul of any city.”

Parks are more than just places to relax.

They play a crucial role in citizen wellbeing, offering:

  • Physical Health Benefits: Parks encourage active lifestyles, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall health. From walking paths to sports fields, they provide opportunities for movement for all ages.
  • Mental Health Benefits: Green spaces have a calming effect, reducing stress and anxiety. A stroll through a park can do wonders for mental well-being.
  • Social Connection: Parks are natural gathering places, fostering connections between neighbors and building a sense of community. Events, programs, and playgrounds provide opportunities to interact and build relationships.
  • Environmental Benefits: Parks act as green lungs, cleaning our air and mitigating the effects of climate change. They provide essential habitat for wildlife and promote biodiversity.

As municipal professionals, you understand the immense value of parks and recreation. But managing these resources effectively requires dedicated teams and smooth collaboration.

Where OnBoardGOV comes in.

OnBoardGOV is a board and committee management solution designed to streamline the work of Parks and Recreation (and other!) committees. Here’s how it can help your team:

  • Streamlined Workflows: Manage membership, track applications, and monitor attendance, ensuring efficient committee operations and saving valuable time.
  • Greater Transparency: Residents can see who represents them and where to share their concerns.

By empowering your Parks and Recreation committee with OnBoardGOV, you can focus on what truly matters – creating vibrant, healthy communities with parks at their core.

This July, let’s celebrate Parks and Recs Month by acknowledging the incredible impact these spaces have on our citizens’ lives. Let’s continue to invest in their development and maintenance, and use tools like OnBoardGOV to ensure our committees operate effectively. Together, we can ensure that our parks remain the beating heart of our communities, fostering well-being and connection for all.