NRPA and The Walt Disney Company recently announced the grant recipients of the new Meet Me at the Park healthy living program. Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing 1 million kids and families with greater access to play.
The projects selected include a variety of innovative play space enhancements, sport field/court enhancements, trail and walking path enhancements, and mobile play spaces, which include flexible play equipment and activities that can be moved to different locations. All of the projects focus on inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families. The 25 grant recipients are as follows:
- City of Selma Recreation Department, Selma, Alabama
- City of Yuma, Yuma, Arizona
- City of Redding, Redding, California
- City of West Sacramento, West Sacramento, California
- City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Tampa, Florida
- Gwinnett County Department of Community Services, Lawrenceville, Georgia
- City of Iowa City Parks & Recreation, Iowa City, Iowa
- City of Kuna, Kuna, Idaho
- Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, Louisville, Kentucky
- Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Baltimore, Maryland
- City of Port Huron Recreation Department, Port Huron, Michigan
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, Detroit, Michigan
- City of Ocean Springs, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Charlotte, North Carolina
- City of Manchester, Department of Public Works, Division of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries, Manchester, New Hampshire
- Bloomfield Department of Recreation, Bloomfield, New Jersey
- City of Farmington, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Farmington, New Mexico
- City of Henderson, Henderson, Nevada
- City of Youngstown, Department of Parks and Recreation, Youngstown, Ohio
- Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
- Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, Charleston, South Carolina
- Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Nashville, Tennessee
- City of Chattanooga/Division of Open Spaces, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Kitsap County Parks, Port Orchard, Washington
- Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Over the coming months, NRPA and Disney will work closely with the grant recipients, including having volunteers from Disney participate in various projects. To see these projects come to life, follow the hashtags #MeetMeAtThe Park and #DisneyPlaySpaces.
The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks.
Click here to learn more about Meet Me at the Park.