Earth Month Campaign: April 2018

This April, NRPA, in collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, will provide 16 communities with resources to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, inspire kids and families to live healthier lifestyles, and increase access to sports for youth through the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign.

Throughout the month of April, the general public will have the opportunity to vote for one of three projects in 15 select cities to receive $20,000 in grant funding. Voters can also nominate a city or town anywhere across the country to be entered for the chance to receive a $20,000 grant that will be used to support a local park within that community. The areas participating in Meet Me at the Park include one “wild card” city and:

Austin, TX

Brevard County, FL

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Durham, NC

Fresno, CA

Hartford, CT

Houston, TX

Los Angeles, CA

Miami, FL

New York, NY

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA


You Can Get Involved in Two Ways

  • First, you may vote for one of three park improvement projects in 15 designated cities to help determine which project will receive a grant.

  • Second, if your city is not one of the 15, you may nominate your city anywhere across the United States. The city with the most nominations will receive a grant to support a park within that community.

You can vote daily, throughout the month of April, to help your community receive a $20,000 grant. Plus, for each vote you cast, you are entered to win a GoPro Prize Pack to use while exploring your park! The city with the most nominations and park project with the most votes will be contacted by NRPA by May 9th. No purchase necessary; must be 18+. Visit for official rules.

Vote Now

Now get outside to your favorite park and take a "parkie" (park selfie) and share it on social media to encourage others to vote for parks in their community! #Parkies #MeetMeAtThePark #CelebrateEarth.

Materials and resources provided in a marketing toolkit can be used to spread the word about the Earth Month campaign. Download a flyer that can be customized to encourage people to nominate your city.

Check out last year's winners that were selected thanks to your votes, and see the impacts that were made. 

Please email with questions about the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month Campaign.

Inclusive Play Space Grants: March 2018

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.

Applications were due by 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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