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Park & Recreation Month


Garland celebrates National Park & Recreation Month this July. The parks and recreation facilities run by the City of Garland offer ample opportunities for residents to Get Out & Play!

Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air, according to a survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). That’s why this July, the City of Garland and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks and recreation centers during National Park & Recreation Month.

To encourage everyone in Garland to Get Out & Play, the following free events are being offered this July to celebrate Park & Recreation Month:

Back to the Future Movie Event

Noon, Friday, July 3 at the Plaza Theatre (521 W. State St.)
This July we are celebrating 30 years of National Park and Recreation Month by going back to 1985 when it all started. We are excited to kick off the month’s activities with a 80’s movie classic! Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school age parents unite in order to save his own existence! Admission is free and open to the public. In-N-Out Burger's Cookout Trailer will provide free lunch staring at noon. Movie starts at 2 p.m.


80s Aerobicize Awesomeness

9 a.m., Saturday, July 11 at Audubon Recreation Center (342 W. Oates Rd.)
We continue our month of 80s activities by getting physical. Nothing’s gonna stop us now because we got the beat to an awesome aerobics class. We will sweat to the hits of the 80s with Garland’s totally rad aerobics instructor Julie McGinnis-Grindele. Dress up in your favorite 80s workout apparel: neon, spandex, and high tops are all welcome. Free give a ways to compliment your 80s attire!

Facebook Caption It Contest

July 13-17
Help us “caption it” on our Garland Parks and Recreation Facebook page as we post fun throw back images. This fun contest is in its third year, and has garnered popularity among our Facebook fans. Check out our Facebook page to see what else is going on this summer.


Family Night Out: Food, Fun, and Fireworks!

6 p.m., Saturday, July 25 at Central Park (1310 W. Avenue F)
Join us as we close out our Parks and Recreation Month celebration with a bang! Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy local food trucks, children’s entertainment, bounce houses, games, and the best 80s music to rock out to with entertainment from the M80s. Fireworks will conclude the evening at dark.


Surf and Swim's Birthday Celebration

10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., July 28-30 at Surf and Swim (440 W. Oates Rd.)

  • July 28 - In-N-Out Burger's Cookout Trailer will serve lunch with paid park admission from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • July 29 - Free Surf and Swim birthday gifts to the first 100 guests with paid park admission.
  • July 30 - Join us for a Surfin' Safari and meet animals from the Dallas Zoo's Animal Adventure Outreach Program during two presentations.  This is valid with regular park admission.