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Sixteen Cities Nationwide Win $20,000 Grants
National 'Meet Me at the Park' Campaign Winners Selected


Throughout Earth Month in April, the public cast their votes to select the winners of the 2017 Meet Me at The Park Campaign. The campaign directs grant funding for park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The Earth Month celebration highlighted the importance of parks and these park projects as they were promoted on ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN, have announced the winners of the national Meet Me at the Park campaign. The initiative helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs.

Of the 16 winners, 15 park projects were selected by popular vote and received a $20,000 grant to help make improvements or expand programs. Winning projects include providing nature play areas for children, creating gardens for access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and upgrading tennis courts for better usage.

"Nearly 70,000 people participated in this year's Meet Me at the Park campaign, a record number, demonstrating a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm for local parks nationwide," said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. "Many children and families in need will benefit from this campaign, which was made possible by the generosity of The Walt Disney Company. We want to thank them for helping us give back to the communities our members so proudly support."

The 15 winning parks and projects, as determined by public vote, are:
• Austin, Texas: Kealing School Park
• Brevard County, Fla.: Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary
• Charlotte, N.C.: Learning Gardens
• Chicago: Welles Park
• Durham, N.C.: Walltown Park
• Fresno, Calif.: Highway City Community Science Center
• Hartford, Conn.: W.A.T.E.R. Program
• Houston: Oak Forest Park
• Los Angeles: South Los Angeles Wetlands Park
• Miami: Gwen Cherry Park
• New York: Green Patch
• Orlando, Fla.: Bill Frederick at Turkey Lake
• Philadelphia: Philly Pump Track
• San Francisco: Greenagers Program
• Seattle: Carkeek Park

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