Throughout April, the public cast their votes and nominations to direct grant funding for park improvement projects as part of the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign. Meet Me at the Park has brought the fun of parks and recreation to children and families across the United States since 2014. This program is part of NRPA and Disney’s commitment to provide 1 million kids and families with greater access to play.
Fifteen park projects were selected by popular vote and each received a $20,000 grant to help make improvements or expand programs. Projects that will receive funding include nature pathways, a learn-to-bike program and environmental education workshops. The voting public also nominated a 16th city to receive an additional grant — Weslaco, Texas.
The 15 projects, as determined
by public vote, are:
- Austin, Texas: Austin Goes Ga-ga!
- Brevard County, Florida: Sam’s House at Pine Island
- Charlotte, North Carolina: Traveling Learn-to-Ride Trailer
- Chicago, Illinois: Big Marsh
- Durham, North Carolina: Rock Quarry Park
- Fresno, California: F.R.O.G. (Fresno Recreation Outdoor Group)
- Hartford, Connecticut: Keney Park
- Houston, Texas: Wagner Neighborhood Park
- Los Angeles, California: Class (Clean and Safe Spaces) Program
- Miami, Florida: ECO Summer Adventures at Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park
- New York, New York: Study the Stars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Orlando, Florida: Engelwood Neighborhood Center
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Adaptive Hiking
- San Francisco, California: Greenagers Program at Bayview Hill Park
- Seattle, Washington: Camp Long Camp Out