In April 2018, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to help fund local park improvement projects in 15 U.S. cities through the national Meet Me at the Park campaign. During Earth Month in April, people can vote for one of three projects in 15 select cities to receive a $20,000 grant that will be used to support a local park in need within that community. The public will also be able to nominate a 16th city for the chance to win $20,000 for a local park.
Public voting for Meet Me at the Park will take place April 1-30, 2018. People can vote daily online at www.NRPA.org/BeInspired or via text (standard message and data rates may apply).
Park supporters everywhere have three ways to get involved.
(1) Vote for Parks to Win $20,000 Grants- During April, nominate a U.S. city for a park renovation and vote daily for an park improvement project to win a $20,000 grant! The 15 communities participating in Meet Me at the Park are Austin, TX, Brevard County, FL, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, Fresno, CA, Hartford, CT, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York City, NY, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. Vote for your favorite park projects at www.NRPA.org/Disney.
(2) Volunteer for a Park Project- Park and recreation agencies in each market will host at least one community event per winning park, which will give you a chance to volunteer and be a part of the projects.
(3) Post to Social Media- Encourage others to vote! "Nominate your park for a $20,000 grant from @NRPA (Instagram) / @NRPA_News (Twitter) & @ABCBeInspired! #MeetMeAtThePark #CelebrateEarth www.NRPA.org/Disney"