At the June 18th Town Council meeting, Mayor Tara Walter read a proclamation declaring July as Parks and Recreation Month in Florence.  While the community services department offers programs and events year ‘round, it’s important to designate one month and emphasize the value of parks and recreation to communities.

Most people understand that participating in parks and recreation programs builds healthy individuals while improving mental and emotional health of citizens.  According to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), these same programs also increase a community’s economic prosperity through increased tourism and crime reduction.

Many life-long memories have their basis in parks and recreation programs and events such as sports, hikes, trips and even reconnecting with friends at special events.  The Florence Aquatic Center continues its open hours with swim lessons, exercise classes, special nights and open swim.  The annual 4th of July Fright Fest will once again draw thousands of residents and visitors to Heritage Park.

For more information about these and any other programs, please call Community Services at (520) 868-7040 or visit