Summer Recreation Programs Released, Registration begins May 6

Post Date:04/18/2019 4:00 PM

We believe public parks and recreation are the gateways to a healthier, more livable community, and we work hard every day to make that a reality. 

Available now, are our 2019 Summer Recreation Programs. Featured this summer are two national promotions for celebrating parks and recreation, as well as new family art classes and outdoor adventure programs. 

Browse all our programs and register online at, or pick up your own printed copy (delivered on April 29) at one of our recreation or aquatic centers, the Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill Public Housing offices, and Town Hall. 

Launched in 2011, and organized by the National Park Trust ...Kids to Parks is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. Here are four fun activities that foster future outdoor enthusiasts and create the next generation of park champions.

Because kids need parks – and parks need kids! (See our facebook event page for more info and to register.)

  • Friday, May 17, Community Pop Up with Public Housing at Carrboro's Oakwood Neighborhood
  • Saturday, May 18, SibShop Specialized Recreation for those with special needs and their siblings.
  • Sunday, May 19, Bigfoot Tracking Hike & River Float on NC's Mountains to Sea Trail and ENO River State Park 
  • Saturday, June 1, Come explore Hanging Rock State Park with us! On this adventure you’ll hike, take in the sights, and relax around waterfalls.

This July, we’re celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month. So lace up your fun shoes and get in the game, because this year's theme is Game On! Game On Activities this summer include:

  • Hip Hop Dance 101, The Corner Teen Center
  • The Glow Series, an outdoor fitness program at night
  • Hanging Rock; Sliding Rock Adventure Day Trip
  • Family Make and Take Art Activities
  • An evening of watercolors in Strowd Rose Garden

Each year since 1985, Americans have celebrated National Parks and Recreation Month during the month of July to recognize the importance of Parks and Recreation in establishing and maintaining communities’ quality of life. 

In addition to all this summer fun, there's still plenty of room to register for a host of partial day Summer Camps including drama, Play-well STEM camps, computer video game design, and an assortment of sports and JumpStart sports camps. 

Residents (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6; Non-residents may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 13. Summer Camp Registration is currently open and available.

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