July is finally here and the summer fun has begun. This month is National Parks and Recreation Month, a time when many Americans are able to appreciate the joy and beauty that parks and recreation facilities bring to the community. Now that summer is here, many of us have some free time to spend with our family and friends. With that being said, since it is National Parks and Recreation Month, it would be a great idea to take your family and friends out on an adventure to nearby parks and recreational facilities in Merced County.
A few of the local parks that people can access relatively easily in the City of Merced include Ada Givens Park, Bob Carpenter Park, and Joe Herb Park. These local parks provide open spaces for picnics, sports, playgrounds, pools, and BBQs that are fit for spending time outdoors with family and friends. The City of Merced also offers summer recreational activities, such as outdoor movies, camps and youth sports. Explore the Parks and Community Services website for details.
A common place that many Merced community members enjoy traveling to every summer is Yosemite National Park. Merced is known to be one of the gateway communities to the park, which is roughly a 2-hour drive away. Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park is a must during the summer because the park provides an awesome, refreshing outdoor experience for everyone. The national park is famous for its beautiful views, hiking trails, history, and exciting outdoor activities. Many people travel to Yosemite National Park by car; however, there is an alternative way to access the park, which is through the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS). YARTS is a bus transportation system that has designated bus stops around the region to transport people to and from Yosemite National Park. It allows community members to enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned bus ride to and from the national park at an affordable price. Some of the designated bus stops are located in Merced, Fresno, and Oakhurst. For more information about YARTS, you can plan your trip online.
It's also important to maintain and appreciate the parks and recreational facilities that are available to all. Parks and recreational facilities are valuable for our communities because they bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in fun activities that benefit everyone’s health. Taking advantage of the parks and recreational facilities that are available in Merced can provide so many benefits to individuals and whole communities. Communities that play together are more connected, which helps with health promotion, crime reduction, and nature conservation. This July, and all summer long, make sure to go out and explore your community parks with family and friends and have a great time. For more resources about how you can get involved around Merced, you can visit local parks and recreation websites for the City of Merced, Merced County, the City of Gustine, the City of Los Banos, and Yosemite National Park.