It’s well known that many drug dealers have a “first shot free” policy to entice people into becoming full-time users, and this month the Guilford County Parks Department is adopting the same strategy, but for a healthier result.

To encourage county residents to participate in new activities at the park, the department is hosting a series of free events at the park.

The goal is to get county residents to try a new activity or piece of equipment offered by Guilford County Parks this month through a program called “Try It Days”, when people can join in others to try a new activity.

Guilford County Parks Superintendent Dwight Godwin said the goal was to make it easy for residents to try something new. He added that it also gives staff the opportunity “to showcase their skills and pursue activities they are passionate about”.

Here are some of the offers:

  • Saturday July 16 – There is a guided hike with county staff at Guilford County Farm. It starts at 9 a.m. and registration is encouraged.
  • Sunday, July 24 – A Camping Expo will be held at Hagan-Stone Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the basics of camping through presentations by park staff.
  • Sunday, July 31 – An “Intro to Kayaking” class will be held at Southwest Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration for this event begins July 15.

For more information on events at county parks, you can visit or follow the department on [email protected]

Meredith Murray, Hagan-Stone Park’s assistant supervisor, said parks staff are very excited to “see some new faces” this month, and she added that many residents aren’t even aware of offers like the great campgrounds just south of Greensboro just outside of Pleasant Garden.

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, which is one of the reasons events are now taking place at all seven county parks.


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