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Miami-Dade Parks' Eco Summer Adventures program wins $20,000 "Meet Me at the Park" grant

MEET ME AT THE PARK - Miami-Dade Parks' Eco Summer Adventures program wins $20,000 "Meet Me at the Park" grant

Miami-Dade Parks Eco Summer Adventures program, exclusively for summer campers enrolled at Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park, is the winner of the 2018 Meet Me at the Park campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN. Throughout April, people took to social media to vote on one of three programs.

The Eco Summer Adventures program at Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park was one of 15 park improvement projects nationwide to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant will support 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.

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company and their ESPN and ABC Television media networks on these exciting programs,” said Rebecca Wickline, NRPA senior vice president of development. “ESPN and Disney ABC Television group have the power to help us reach hundreds of millions of people and their investment supports our vision that everyone deserves a great park and will bring children and families closer together through the power of parks and play. Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients.”

“We are honored and thankful to the NRPA and The Walt Disney Company to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” shared Maria I. Nardi, Miami-Dade Parks Director. “Parks provide safe places for youth to be active, social, and to explore the environment.

The Eco Summer Adventures program will provide the underserved youth at Sgt. Delancy Park, with a deeper environmental experience that brings them up close and personal with nature and will engage many for the first-time in discovering the beauty and wonder of Miami’s marine and coastal areas.”

Last year, Miami-Dade County residents voted for Gwen Cherry Community Garden to receive $20,000. With that funding, the community is now able to enjoy a community fruit and vegetable garden. Now in its fourth year, the Meet Me at the Park campaign is part of $1.5 million investment from The Walt Disney Company, supporting 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.
Learn more about Meet Me at the Park here.

About NRPA:
NRPA 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. More on NRPA here. Read NRPA’s monthly Parks & Recreation magazine here.

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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. 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

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