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.


Coming Soon - Earth Month Campaign 2018

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 healthy living, 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.

For questions about the Earth Month Campaign, please email

Play Space Grants

 Disney Play Space Grants


Through Meet Me at the Park, NRPA in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company understand the need to improve access to outdoor play. Thanks to a grant from Disney, NRPA is excited to continue the Meet Me at the Park program in 2018 and provide additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families. As part of this program, park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories are invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to inclusive play spaces for children and families in underserved communities. Agencies with the most innovative, scalable 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.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Be a state or local government park and recreation agency, (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, etc.)
  • Administer surveys and collect data from at least 25 people at the project site once the project is completed. Surveys and training will be provided.
  • 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.
  • Eight of the selected grantees will be required to conduct a more in-depth evaluation. Tools and training will be provided to selected grantees.

Application Due Date

Applications were due by 11:59PM ET on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Webinar to Learn More

NRPA hosted a webinar in January to give an overview of the goals of the grant and answer applicant questions. You can access the recording of the webinar through this link

If you have any questions about this grant opportunity please email

Check Out The 2017 Winning Projects!


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