Meet Me at the Park is a collaboration between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company to bring the magic of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States.


Earth Month Campaign


To celebrate Earth Month and the importance of local parks, each April, NRPA, in collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, engages the public through a voting campaign to provide communities with resources to improve local parks. These resources support projects that connect kids to nature, inspire kids and families to live healthier lifestyles, and increase kids’ access to sports through the Meet Me at the Park initiative.

There are 15 designated communities which include: Austin, TX, Brevard County, FL, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, Fresno, CA, Hartford, CT, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York City, NY, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. To motivate people everywhere to advocate for their parks, one additional city with the most write-in nominations is selected as our nominated city winner.

Throughout April, the public voted for one of three park projects in each of the 15 designated cities and nominated cities across the country to win a $20,000 grant for a park improvement project. One additional city was selected as our write-in nomination winner. Thanks to all your dedicated votes, these 16 parks will be revitalized.

Check Out the 2017 Winning Park Projects!

Browse last year’s winners and see the impacts that were made through this program.

Please email Jenny Cox with questions about Meet Me at the Park.

Play Space Grants - Now Available



Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play — including trails, mobile play, play spaces and sports. Thanks to a grant from Disney, NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the Park program and provide additional communities with increased access to play spaces in local parks for children and families across the U.S. As part of this program, park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories will be invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families. Agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas will receive grants to build their projects.  

This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.


Applicants must:

  • Be a local government park and recreation agency, (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, etc.)
  • Provide opportunities for community engagement and volunteerism in association with the project.
  • Promote the project locally through its own communication channels and on social media.
  • Administer surveys and collect data from at least 10 people at the project site once the project is completed. 
  • Four of the selected grantees will be required to conduct a more in-depth evaluation. Tools and training will be provided to selected grantees.

Webinar to Learn More

NRPA will be hosting a webinar to go over the goals of the grant and frequently asked questions during the RFA period. To register for the webinar on Thursday, May 25th at 2pm EST click here.

Application Due Date

Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Apply Now!


If you have questions regarding the Play Space grant opportunity, please email

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