NRPA collaborated with The Walt Disney Company to expand the Meet Me at the Park program by awarding grants to 25 local communities that will improve access to inclusive play and physical activity for kids and families. Grants ranging from $11,000 to $50,000 are supporting play spaces, trail enhancements, sport field enhancements and mobile play. Check out the winners below!
Resurfacing of tennis courts at Memorial Stadium to create better accessibility for participants of all abilities.
Candy Land-inspired play space at Joe Henry Optimist Park will provide new activities that will encourage balance, coordination, dexterity, strength, and problem solving.
Installation of a multi-purpose sport court at Magnolia Park will create an inclusive space where children and families can be physically active.
California: West Sacramento
Renovation of Elkhorn Park to create an innovative multicultural and intergenerational family space.
Enhance 3 playgrounds by adding new elements specifically designed for children with autism to enable them to interact with their peers in a new and inclusive way.
Georgia: Gwinnett County
Dinosaur replica statues placed at various trail locations will encourage people to hike the trail, find the dinosaurs and learn about them through interpretive signage.
Creation of an interactive sculpture in the downtown district focused on youth with integrated play features.
Iowa: Iowa City
Construction of a 2.51 acre accessible nature play area at the new Riverfront Crossing Park, an urban brownfield reclamation site.
A box truck and trailer will transport supplies and equipment to engage children outdoors, bringing mobile nature play to urban parks.
Natural elements and activities installed along the Gwynns Falls Trail will help kids move and explore nature.
Michigan frog and bee species will come to life through whimsical play elements along the riverfront walk at the W.G. Milliken State Park in Detroit.
Michigan: Port Huron
Creation of the Little Sprouts Nature Play Park and Tike Trak at Palmer Park to introduce biking skills and safety to children.
Mississippi: Ocean Springs
Creation of a playground at Little Children’s Park that is fully accessible for participants with disabilities.
In partnership with Henderson Libraries, literacy, fitness, and the outdoors will be combined by presenting stories along a trail.
New Hampshire: Manchester
Creation of a new inclusive play area the Gossler Park School to support walkability and play for students.
New Jersey: Bloomfield
The Morris Canal Greenway will be enhanced with physical activity and recreation components at on-trail kiosks.
New Mexico: Farmington
Creation of walking paths and accessibility upgrades at the city's soccer complex to better facilitate recreation opportunities for all.
North Carolina: Mecklenburg County
An accessible tiny house will serve as a mobile play center for early intervention & inclusive play in Mecklenburg County's most underserved neighborhoods.
Creation of an accessible and walkable route within Borts Field park to create a welcoming space for the entire community to use.
A nature play space will be built at Memorial Park to better connect children with the natural environment.
South Carolina: Charleston
The repurposing of two outdoor courts for multiple uses to allow more options and greater accessibility.
New adventure trail at Strechi Farm Site will include a series of elevated landforms creating opportunities for exercise, play, and adventure for everyone.
The new Azafrán Park will connect children and families with nature, public art, and opportunities for outdoor physical activity in South Nashville's most ethnically diverse neighborhood.
Washington: Kitsap County
The Forest Edge Adventure Trail at the South Kitsap Regional Park in Port Orchard will meander along a conifer forest offering exercise and a variety of physical and play engagements along the way.
West Virginia: Berkeley Springs
The creation of three play areas within Cacapon State Park will use natural materials to encourage fun and play for children and families.