In 2017 NRPA collaborated with The Walt Disney Company to expand the Meet Me at the Park program by awarding grants to local communities that provide new opportunities for inclusive play and physical activity for kids and families. Now in the second year of the program, the Meet Me at the Park play spaces program is awarding 25 new grants to park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide. These $30,000 grants will support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families. Check out the 2018 grants below!

Tiny House Transforms Lives in Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County — a 2017 Meet Me at the Park grant recipient — created a traveling Tiny House that changes lives every time it makes a stop. The colorful tiny house features climbing and jumping activities, fun hideaways, sensory components and opportunities for intergenerational play between parents and kids. Watch the video for more details on this project and check out the complete list of 2018 grants below!

2018 Selected Projects

Alabama: City of Birmingham

Bessie Estell Park - inclusive play space.

Arkansas: City of Pine Bluff

Davis Street community garden and play space.

Colorado: City of Colorado Springs

Fountain Park at Hillside Community Center - beginner bike course.

Florida: Broward County

Quiet Waters Park - nature trail.

Georgia: The City of Augusta

Henry H. Brigham Park - inclusive play space.

Iowa: City of Des Moines

Belle Turner Park - inclusive trail space.

Iowa: City of Vinton

Riverside Park - natural play space and pathway.

Illinois: City of Highland

Rinderer Park - nature play space with ramps and inclusive features.

Illinois: Marion Park District

Heartland Regional Medical Center - inclusive playground.

Kansas: Unified Government of Wyandotte County

Fisher Park - inclusive play space.

Maine: City of Lewiston

Marcotte Park - inclusive play space.

Minnesota: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

North Mississippi Regional Park - ninja themed nature play area.

North Carolina: City of Greensboro

Brightwood Park - nature play space with STEM in mind.

North Carolina: City of Mount Airy

Riverside Park- transform basketball court into multi-court for people of all abilities.

Ohio: City of Columbus

Carriage Place Park - new nature themed playground.

Ohio: City of Toledo

Junction Park - outdoor performing space with connection to nature and imagination.

Oklahoma: Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Pirau Park means "Children's Park" - park renovation with new basketball court and enhanced gathering spaces.

Pennsylvania: City of Coatesville

Palmer Park - revitalization blending traditional recreation activities with re-imagined nature play.

Rhode Island: City of Central Falls

Sacred Heart Park - basketball court refurbishment.

South Carolina: City of Florence

Florence Inclusive Park – increased accessibility for new inclusive playground.

Texas: Hidalgo County Precinct 3

Katrina Park - safe nature trail with fitness amenities.

Vermont: City of Burlington

Oakledge Park - universal access to play space.

Washington: City of Bremerton

Manette Neighborhood Park - multi-sport court and innovative parks features.

Wisconsin: City of Milwaukee

Foundation Park - design and installation of play space surfacing with cultural symbols significant to the Hmong community.

West Virginia: Greater Huntington

St. Cloud Commons – “Play Has No Limits” inclusive play space.

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