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State Parks Invite Stories from Visitors

NASHVILLE (June 25) – Tennessee State Parks celebrate Park and Recreation Month in July by inviting visitors to share their park experiences online. The project is part of a variety of events tied to the month-long initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association.

Visitors may submit stories about unique experiences at the parks or expressions of what the parks mean to them on the Tennessee State Parks website. Some will be shared on the site and on the parks’ social media pages throughout July.

“We always love to hear from our visitors about their experiences in Tennessee State Parks, and this is a special opportunity for them,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “This is a chance for everyone to share their stories and hear from others. Our state parks have always played a special role, and they have become even more instrumental in people’s lives during the pandemic. This is a way for everyone to share what they have experienced,” Bryson added.

Tennessee State Parks events throughout the month will cover all ages and abilities. They provide opportunities for visitors to achieve healthier lifestyles and promote understanding of nature and conservation. A list of July events can be found on the state park website.

The national observance of Park and Recreation Month began in 1985. The month highlights the vital role local park and recreation professionals, such as the staff at Tennessee State Parks, play in building strong communities.

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit

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