Choose among three County park programs to receive $20,000 in grant funding

April is Earth Month and what better way to support Mother Earth than by taking care of our precious parks. From April 1 – 30, help support your local park by voting daily for one of three Miami-Dade Parks’ programs to receive $20,000 in grant funding.  Now in its fourth year, the contest is part of the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in collaboration with The Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN.

The three park programs to vote for, are:

  • ECO Summer Adventures (Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park/Crandon Park) – an eight-week, environmental enrichment program for summer campers enrolled at Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park consisting of hands-on environmental education workshops and weekly field trips to Crandon Park. The aim of the program is to connect underserved youth to Miami’s marine and coastal environment.

 

  • Learn-to-Fish Excursion (Bill Sadowski Park, Amelia Earhart Park) – an inclusive, nature-based summer camp enrichment clinic that exposes and educates underserved children and children with disabilities to the fundamentals, techniques and sporting fun of fishing.

 

  • Love & Serve Tennis Summer Series (West Perrine Park, Oak Grove Park, Goulds Park) – a summer camp enrichment clinic to enhance the lives of children in underserved communities by exposing them to discipline, leadership, and sportsmanship through the game of tennis.

By visiting www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. Voters can also text PARKS to 31279 and receive a link to vote online. * At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack. Vote now.

Last year, Miami-Dade County residents voted for Gwen Cherry Community Garden to get $20,000. With that funding, the community is now able to enjoy a community fruit and vegetable garden. This year, resident votes will help improve another one of Miami-Dade County’s great parks. Part of a $1.5 million investment from The Walt Disney Company, the Meet Me at the Park program supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Local parks make Miami-Dade County a better place to live, and are essential to our county’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places for people to be together to be active, enjoy nature and help to preserve the environment.

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes.”

“Parks are the answer to many of the ills affecting our society as a whole today,” said Miami-Dade Parks’ Director Maria I. Nardi. “Through parks, people are exposed to nature and all of its wonder and beauty; Parks are places where people can maintain or get healthy through recreational programs, sports, swimming, hiking, and outdoor exercise; and through out-of-school programs including summer camps, our youth have a place to go to, where they will be safe, learn life skills like leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship, to help them to be successful adults.”

This Earth Month, show what parks mean to our community by voting for Miami-Dade Parks. Through social media, encourage your friends to vote too by taking a selfie in your favorite Miami-Dade Park and using the hashtags #LiveAParkLife, #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.

For more information and to vote, visit www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.

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.

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active 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.