Vote for Your Favorite City of Orlando Park This Earth Month
City Park Selected By Voters will Receive $20,000 Through the “Meet Me At The Park” Campaign
Orlando, FL- March 31, 2017 – As part of Earth month in April, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN are collaborating to enhance parks across the U.S., including a park or community center right here in Orlando through the Meet Me At The Park campaign. 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 further connect our neighborhoods through parks and unique public spaces for our residents to gather, share, relax and interact,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud Orlando is a part of the Meet Me At The Park competition and how this partnership will help us continue to further these efforts.”
From April 1 until April 30, Orlando residents can vote daily for their favorite park project by text* (standard message and data rates may apply) or online at NRPA.org/BeInspired.
The projects are:
- Al Coith Park: Installing new fitness equipment at Al Coith Park to provide aerobic exercise and core muscle strengthening. Vote for this project by texting alcoith to 35350.*
- Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake: Construction of a new accessible fitness trail at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake to give everyone an opportunity to work out in the fresh air and natural surroundings. Vote for this project by texting billfred to 35350.*
- Jackson Neighborhood Center Renovation of the outdoor basketball court, upgrade of the baseball field and an update of the multiuse field for use by the girl’s lacrosse program at the Jackson Neighborhood Center. Vote for this project by texting jhjackson to 35350.*
At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors provided by NRPA.
Last year, Orlando residents helped the City’s Engelwood Neighborhood Center win the $20,000 grant which funded the revamping of community garden there with upgraded irrigation and new tools to 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.
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 52,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.