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July is Park and Recreation Month 2021
Our Park and Recreation Story

Happy July! This year, the National Recreation and Park Association is celebrating July is Park and Recreation month with the theme, Our Park and Recreation Story. We have two ways for you to share your expressive art and Help Us Create Our Park and Recreation Story!

Parks and recreation is at the center of so many experiences and memories. Our parks and community centers in Chesapeake provide places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots for respite and healing, and sites that connect us with essential community services and more. For many, we help create stories and memories of first experiences in nature or an introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity.

We are offering two fun and creative ways you or your family members can share some of your parks and recreation experiences in the City of Chesapeake. Help us create our Story by sharing yours! Get creative and have fun!




Community Poem Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 7

  • Help us create a community poem, inspired by Chesapeake's own New York Times bestselling author, Kwame Alexander. One or more entries will be submitted to the National Park and Recreation Association for our Community Poem. Kwame will then compose a poem with submissions from Parks and Recreation agencies nationwide. Categories to use when writing your poem may include: Parks, History, Recreation (Sports, Programs, Events), or be inspired to branch out, just be sure it includes Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
  • The poem could be any length, a single line, or an inspiring testimonial.
  • Each person submitting will be eligible to receive a giveaway and the potential opportunity to have your poem read, with accompanying visual imagery, on the department's social media sites, or portions of which may be included in the overall poem created by Kwame Alexander! 

  [Examples for inspiration:]

  The Blue Heron waits in thick morning mist along the Intracoastal Waterway

I was only eight when I started my first summer day camp

Faster, higher, stronger - she kicked a winning goal with ferocity at Deep Creek Park

Submit your poem here by Wednesday, July 7. Poetry submissions will receive a voucher to claim their prize. One voucher per individual.

Postcard Art Contest Submission Deadline: Friday, July 16

  • Decorate a 4” x 6” postcard using your favorite art medium: paint, pencil, photography, textiles, etc. You may use a blank one or one that is available at any community center or at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Administrative Office, 1224 Progressive Drive.
  • Write your name, age, phone number and email address on the back of the card.
  • The image you create should represent Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It could be your favorite place to hike, favorite program, sport or event, even a class.
  • Postcards will be placed on display for visitors to vote for their favorites. Winners will receive notification via the information provided. The winners will receive a custom, unique piece of art inspired from all the entries!

Drop off your artwork on a postcard at any Chesapeake Community Center or the Chesapeake Visitor Center/Parks, Recreation and Tourism Administrative Office. Postcards may also be mailed to:

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Administrative Office and Visitor Center
1224 Progressive Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Drop box available for after-hours submissions.

Not only will these opportunities help us to share our Chesapeake Parks and Recreation Story, but expression through poetry and visual art can benefit your health and wellness. We’re excited to see your story!


*Contest Rules: The Community Poem and Postcard Art Contest are open to all ages. By submitting entries, individuals agree to all contest rules. Postcard entries featuring a photograph of recognizable people may be asked to submit a release form. Winners of the Postcard contest will be notified via the contact information provided at time of contest submission. The City of Chesapeake is not responsible for incomplete, lost or late entries and reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is alleged to infringe on any third-party’s intellectual property or other rights. All submissions will become the property of the City of Chesapeake and the City of Chesapeake will reserve the right to use entries for print, promotional materials, including social media or online, and are released from any liability.


Follow us on social media all month long as we celebrate July is Park and Recreation month and Share our Stories!

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