Great Outdoors Month, National Get Outdoors Day Gain Exciting New Partner in National Marina Day

Washington, D.C. – Americans celebrating Great Outdoors Month in June 2010 will have another exciting event to enjoy – National Marina Day. The Association of Marina Industries has announced that it will move its annual event to the second Saturday in June and take advantage of the strategic partnership offered by becoming part of Great Outdoors Month, which is coordinated by the American Recreation Coalition. Last year, President Obama and 46 state governors joined in issuing proclamations for Great Outdoors Month and convening various related activities, and that number is expected to grow further in 2010. National Marina Day will now help mark the start of the peak boating season and showcase summer-long opportunities for water fun, even for non-boat owners.

The new date for National Marina Day also will coincide with the third annual National Get Outdoors Day event on June 12. Begun in 2001 and observed until 2010 in August, National Marina Day celebrates and promotes recreational boating and the marina industry by inviting elected officials, civic leaders and the public to marinas across the nation for a day of fun and learning. Marina visitors see firsthand the important role marinas play as family-friendly gateways to boating and water fun and learn about the commitment of marina personnel to being stewards of the environment. These efforts are perfect components for the growing National Get Outdoors Day, which invites all visitors to public lands – and especially first-timers – to take advantage of the fun and healthy activities that public lands have to offer.

“Enthusiasm for encouraging participation in outdoor fun is exploding – uniting government agencies, concerned parents, recreation businesses, the healthcare community and more,” remarked ARC President Derrick Crandall. “Evidence of this new and potent force is the growing array of events and activities in June, which is Great Outdoors Month. In addition to Presidential and gubernatorial Great Outdoors Month proclamations, June 2009 featured actions ranging from visits to national parks to town hall meetings and conferences on kids, recreation and health hosted by governors and lieutenant governors. And we are very, very excited that 2010 will add National Marina Day to existing June highlights, which already include National Trails Day®, National Boating and Fishing Week, National Get Outdoors Day, and the Great American Backyard Campout. Welcome aboard, National Marina Day!”

National Marina Day is managed by the Association of Marina Industries – a nonprofit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the marina industry in the United States.