In celebration of Parks and Recreation month, Harker Heights is challenging members of the community to spend one hour outside each day during July. Residents can accept the challenge by signing the “Out is In” pledge sheet and turning it to the Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail, or the Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing, by July 11.

All signed pledges will be entered to win a goody bag. This challenge is part of the nationwide National Recreation and Park Association’s “Out is In” program.

“Harker Heights decided to participate because we wanted to be involved with the NRPA as well as get our community involved in their local Parks and Recreation. We have a lot going on and we want our community members to be active with us,” said Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist. “Our main goal is to raise awareness about Parks and Recreation Month and to get people outside and away from electronics.”

According to a national survey conducted by NRPA, the top things getting in the way of people getting outside include work and technological distractions such as computers and television. Upcoming activities to help families unplug include:

The Fun Day event at Carl Levin Park, from 4 to 7 p.m. July 12, will feature family-friendly activities, field games, concessions and inflatables.

At the Family Dive-In at Carl Levin Park outdoor pool, at 7:30 p.m. July 12, families will watch “The Lego Movie” under the stars. Gate charges apply.

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