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The Walt Disney Company and the NRPA Support the National Meet Me at the Park Campaign
Sixteen Cities Nationwide to Receive Park Improvement Funding



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This April, NRPA, in collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, will provide 16 communities with resources to improve local parks through the Meet Me at the Park initiative, a program designed to help kids and families live healthier lives through access to physical activities such as sports. Public voting for the annual Meet Me at the Park campaign will take place April 1-30, 2017.


For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with the Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 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 $20,000 in grant funding. Voters will also have the opportunity to nominate a city anywhere across the country to be entered for the chance to receive a $20,000 grant that will be used to support a local park in need within that community. The 15 select areas participating in Meet Me at the Park include:

o Austin, Texas
o Brevard County, Fla.
o Charlotte, N.C.
o Chicago
o Durham, N.C.
o Fresno, Calif.
o Hartford, Conn.
o Houston
o Los Angeles
o Miami
o New York
o Orlando, Fla.
o Philadelphia
o San Francisco
o Seattle

Started in 2014, Meet Me at the Park improves local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. These projects include activities such as planting community gardens, improving trails, and refurbishing playgrounds or soccer fields. In 2016, more than 200,000 people were impacted by Meet Me at the Park projects. Throughout the last two years, the projects have provided:

o 370,110 people with improved access to physical activity
o 53,343 people with improved access to nature experiences
o 10,194 people with improved access to nutritious foods
o 78,970 people with improved access to sports

"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."

The winning cities will implement their park improvement projects this summer. New this year, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a computer tablet outfitted for the outdoors. Voters are encouraged to also ask their friends to vote by taking a selfie in their favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

For more information about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/beinspired.







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