Vote to support your favorite Miami-Dade County Park during Earth Month
One of three county parks has the chance to receive $20,000 through NRPA’s "Meet Me at the Park" campaign
This April is Earth Month and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), The Walt Disney Company, Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group, and ESPN are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S., including one Miami-Dade County park. Through the NRPA’s “Meet Me At The Park,” an initiative that gives back to these places that shape so much of our lives, one of three park projects of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will receive a $20,000 grant - and residents get to choose which one.
Miami-Dade Parks aims to make our community a better place to live. Parks are essential to our community’s health and wellbeing as they provide safe places to get active, enjoy nature, preserve the environment and bring people together. That's why from April 1 to April 30 we're asking Miami-Dade County residents to vote on which project they'd like to see receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements.
The project choices are:
•A.D. Barnes Park Summer Splash-Water Splash – This project would provide residents with greater access to drowning prevention resources and infant swimming lessons through county-wide public awareness events and lifesaving “Water Smart” techniques for at risk populations. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting [adbarnes] to 35350.*
•Community Garden at Gwen Cherry Park – This project would support healthy living by providing residents, park patrons and program registrants with interactive education of how nutritious food grows and create access to high food choices in an area where neighbors cannot always afford fresh produce. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting [gwencherry] to 35350.*
•PROS SNAG Summer Golf Clinic and Championship Tournament - The project would support increased participation of inner-city and urban youth, age 14 and under, in the game of golf, implementing summer SNAG golf clinics at West Little River Park. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting [westlittle] to 35350.*
By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. New this year, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.
“Miami-Dade Parks is thrilled to be chosen to be part of the ‘Meet Me At The Park’ grant campaign. These three proposed Parks revitalization projects are all in critical need of these grant dollars, however only one can win the award. Projects such as these are exemplary of the aim of our County’s Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan’s vision to make Miami-Dade a more vibrant community, with the focus on Placemaking, Health and Conservation. Now is the time everyone to be a Parks Champion by supporting the parks project that they like best and by spreading the word about the importance of parks,” said Miami-Dade Parks Deputy Director Maria Nardi.
“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects in communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”
During April, a public service announcement (PSA) titled “Meet Me At The Park” in support of the campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ABC Network, ESPN, ABC affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, the ABC Watch app and other platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at NRPA.org/BeInspired.
Last year, Miami-Dade County voted for Ojus Park Disabilities Services Safety Fence to win $20,000. With that funding, the community is now able to enjoy a safe space for the children of the Afterschool Program to engage in sports, thanks to a new fence along the front entrance and surrounding sides of the community center within Ojus Park. This year, resident votes will help improve another one of Miami-Dade County’s great parks. Nationally, more than $600,000 has been awarded to help fund local park improvement projects as part of the Meet Me At The Park campaign.
This Earth Month, show how parks revitalize your community and vote to improve local parks right here in Miami-Dade County. Encourage your friends to vote too by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.
For more information and to vote, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 52,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.