Park and Recreation Month

July is park and recreation month! Recreation logo and park and recreation month logo.

It’s time to share Our Park and Recreation Story! We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July by highlighting the stories of how our communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff at Palm Beach Gardens Recreation, play in building stronger, more vibrant and more resilient communities all across the country. Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories — moments that park and recreation professionals help make happen. Our local parks and recreation facilities are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more.

In Palm Beach Gardens, you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month by following along with the activities calendar, which gives suggestions on how to participate all month long.

July is the perfect time to highlight all the stories, memories and experiences that park and recreation professionals help make happen right here in Palm Beach Gardens. Share how parks and recreation has impacted your life with the hashtag #OurParkAndRecStory on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information, visit Learn more about our exciting parks and recreation facilities here!

Visit this page weekly to read stories from members of our community!

Our Park and Recreation Story. Collage of community members.


Ann Schilling
Photo of Water Aerobics participant Ann Schilling.

This week, we caught up with one of our Deep Water Aerobics stars, Ann Schilling. Ann has been a frequent visitor of the pool for the past 25 years and loves to take Aqua Fitness classes. Not only are they a great way to work out, but she’s been able to meet lots of new friends! Other than Aqua Fitness, Ann loves staying involved with PBG Recreation. “Whether lunching with friends in a pavilion at The Gardens North County District Park, fishing with our grandkids at PGA National Park or walking the trail at the Burns Road Community Center, I feel so fortunate to live in Palm Beach Gardens.  The parks and facilities are extraordinary and offer perfect opportunities to get outside, make memories and enjoy our beautiful Florida weather!”

Huy Nguyen

Photo of Huy Nguyen.

This week, we interviewed a familiar face to the Palm Beach Gardens pickleball scene, Huy Nguyen. Huy is the head pickleball instructor at the Tennis and Pickleball Center, teaching the new sport craze to almost a hundred people a day. He started playing pickleball just over 3 years ago all because he was really curious as to why it was so popular. “I heard so many people talking about ‘pickleball’ and I had never heard of it at the time. Out of pure curiosity, I decided to learn the sport and I completely fell in love. Now, I’m here at the Tennis and Pickleball Center sharing my love of the sport with tons of new players every day!” 

John Thompson

John Thompson. Water aerobics instructor and lifeguard.

John Thompson, Deep Water Aerobics instructor and lifeguard, has been involved with the PBG Aquatic Complex since he was a child. He took swim lessons, participated in our camps and sports, and would cheer on his sister who was a part of the Makos Swim Team. “I loved coming to the pool as a kid, and now that I’m working here, I want to pass on that joy that I felt as a kid to the participants of my class and the visitors of the pool.” According to John, the pool is a vital part of the community where cherished memories and lifelong friendships are made. We couldn’t agree with him more!

Olivia Mesteller

Olivia Mesteller, Gardens Dance Studios dancer.

This week, we interviewed one of Gardens Dance Studios happiest dancers, Olivia Mesteller. Olivia has been involved in our recital dance program since she was three years old. From such a young age, she loved to move and the feeling of getting ready for a performance exhilarated her. When asked why dancing was so special to her, she replied that “Dancing is kind of like a safe place for me. When I dance, it’s all I can think about. Dancing is like an emotion, and to me, I’m always in a dancing mood!”

Dylan Soule

Photo of Dylan Soule, playground aficionado.

This week, we had the pleasure of catching up with one of Palm Beach Gardens’ finest playground experts, Dylan Soule. Dylan, age 10, has been enjoying the Gardens Park since he was about 5 years old and loves to meet up with his friends on a weekly basis. When asked why he enjoyed the park so much, he smiled and said, “It’s not your average playground, not just a slide and some swings. It’s a great place to burn off the stress of a long day and a very nice place to hangout with my buddies.”

Kevin & Aubree Ray

Photo of Aubree and Kevin Ray, Daddy Daughter Date Night participants.

This week, we highlight Kevin and Aubree Ray, long time participants of one of Palm Beach Gardens’ most cherished events, the Daddy Daughter Date Night. Kevin began taking his daughter, Aubree, to the Date Night in 2016 and has since made it a yearly tradition to attend the event with her. “Aubree always looks forward to Daddy Daughter Date Night. She gets so excited to dress up and dance the night away with her friends and me. We have a blast together and I cherish the time I get to spend with her.”

Charles Beiser

Photo of Chalres Beiser, Art student and Gardens Art artist (2019). This week, we highlight Charles Beiser, Palm Beach Gardens art student and GardensArt artist. Charles was always interested in art at a young age, but only started considering it a passion 15 years ago when he started taking art classes at the Burns Road Community Center. His love for art then blossomed and later led him to show his paintings at a solo art exhibition with GardensArt in 2019. When asked why he continues to stay involved in art classes at BRCC, he said, “The quality of the art program here is amazing. The classes are a wonderful activity to enjoy in my retirement and are a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests as me!”

Park and Recreation Month Activities Calendar