April is Earth Month and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN are collaborating to enhance parks across the United States, including a park right here in Orlando through Parks Build Community. As part of the initiative, one of three City of Orlando parks will receive a $20,000 grant for improvements and Orlando residents get to select which one.
“Through our Green Works initiative, Orlando has become the most sustainable city in the southeast and part of that achievement comes from our focus on transforming our urban environment to connect our neighborhoods by providing more parks and green public spaces that offer gathering spaces for recreation and social activity for our residents,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud Orlando is a part of the Parks Build Community competition and how this partnership will help us continue to further our sustainability efforts.”
By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, Orlando residents can vote daily for their favorite park project from April 1-30. The projects are:
1. Engelwood Neighborhood Center Garden: Revamping the garden’s irrigation and upgrading tools will help students learn not only how to grow and harvest their crops, but also about healthy eating as they prepare meals and learn about nutrition.
2. Poppy Park Court Revitalization: Refurbishing the popular basketball court will allow it to continue to be a destination for activity.
3. Al Coith Park Fitness Pods: Installing fitness pods along the walking and jogging trail will help to provide aerobic exercise options as well as core muscle training.
Last year, the public voted for the City’s Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake to win the $20,000 grant. With that funding, the community is now able to enjoy enhancements to the Nature Connect Trail and learn about nature with hands-on activities.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 47,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space.
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