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July is National Parks and Recreation month. It's a great time to start exploring your local park with your family and celebrate the beauty of the U.S.
*Did you know there are 20,000 individual parks in 100 of the largest cities in the U.S.?
Bergen County's Parks total an impressive 9000 acres where residents can ski, skate, jog, cycle, golf, picnic, camp overnight, tour a zoo, go horseback riding, visit historic sites, swim, play softball and more.
The New Overpeck County Park, which services Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park and Teaneck, is the largest recreational park in Bergen County spanning over 805 acres!
You and your family can enjoy activities at the state-of-the-art Palisades Park Sportsplex, the Bergen Equestrian Center, athletic fields (natural and artificial turf) and tracks, children's playground, fishing, canoe/kayak launch into Overpeck Creek.
For complete details on all the parks in Bergen County, visit www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/
Hudson County's Lincoln Park in Jersey City is the oldest and largest, boasting over 273 acres of East and West grounds. There you'll find athletic facilities that include 21 tennis courts, 7 baseball/softball courts, handball courts, soccer fields, running tracks, children's playgrounds, trails, Wi-Fi internet access areas and more!
Summer Tennis Programs are running through August 10 in Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Columbus Park, West Hudson Park, JJ Braddock/North Hudson Park and Stephen R. Gregg/Bayonne Park.
Washington Park, shared by Union City and Jersey City offers remarkable views of the New York City skyline. It is also home to the beautiful stainless steel sculpture the "Wave", which was created by Jersey native Chakaia Booker. The sculpture stands 14' high x 35' wide at the entrance of the park on Paterson Plank Road.
For details on all the parks in Hudson County, visit www.hudsoncountynj.org/county-park-system.aspx
More "Fun Facts" to share with your kids:
*It is estimated that in the U.S. trees in urban parks remove 75,000 tons of air pollutants annually.
*The most visited park, New York's Central Park, averages 35 million visits annually (five times greater than the number of visits to the Grand Canyon.)
*The total area covered by urban parks in the U.S. exceeds one million acres!
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