By Dwight Hunter
One of my favorite guides to work on and to update each year is this guide: Park & Recreation Month Guide.
This is part one of a three-part blog series about this guide. It is a fun guide to look at park and recreation resources, and to view embedded videos, and to explore links and much more.
Parks and recreational activities took on a different role for many of us during the last 12 months. Going for a walk was a chance to get outside, a chance to give us a peace of mind and stretch out from our home limitations. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has shed an even bigger light on the essential role of local parks and recreation. During the last few months, many of us were able to travel again. This year's theme is fitting for this renewal: Our Park and Recreation Story!
On the guide is a page titled Local Parks Website where local parks in Hamilton County and Chattanooga are located. On the home page are websites for nearby state parks outside of Hamilton County.
In my senior year in high school, I decided to take what I thought was an easy course called Recreational Sports. It wasn't easy. I learned how to play racquetball & volleyball, how to bowl, do archery, practice rifle target shooting; and I learned slow pitch softball, trampoline tricks, rappelling, golf, and disc golf. Those recreational lessons are still with me today.
Use the information in the guide to find a park near you! As always each year, there are pictures submitted by the library staff that can be viewed -- more about the KLIC staff pictures in part two of the blog series!
Check out the feature pages of Hiking Trails - Take a Hike and the Head of Sequatchie River. Here you can find websites for local hiking trails and a national trail database. The Sequatchie River exits a cave at full force on its journey to the Tennessee River.
Find a park to enjoy outside! Take a picture or write a note of your visit and tell your park and recreation story!