Charlotte is one of 16 cities in the U.S. selected to receive $20,000 in funding for a park project through the Meet Me at the Park initiative.
For the third year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, is providing communities with resources to improve local parks through projects that connect kids with nature, promote healthy living and provide access to sports through the initiative.
You can vote daily throughout the month of April to help determine which one of three park improvement projects in Charlotte will receive the grant.
Here are the choices:
Learning Gardens consisting of pollinator, vegetable and ozone gardens, will be created at 10 recreation centers throughout the county. These gardens will be used to teach the community the benefits of eating fresh foods, the importance of gardening for wildlife, and the impact gardening has on the environment.
Irwin Creek Greenway/Arbor Glen Outreach Center
Currently, there are approximately 500 bicycles sitting unused and in need of attention at the Trips for Kids storage facility, waiting for the opportunity to help a kid without transportation. Park Your Bike will connect bikes with Charlotteans in need and empower youth as they acquire the knowledge to repair bikes for the opportunity to take one home.
Skateboarding offers many benefits for the youth in the community and there is a big need for an urban skatepark for beginner skaters. The county is planning on converting two existing tennis courts into the new beginner skateboarding park, which will complement the existing skateboarder park and recreation center.
Durham, N.C., has also been selected to receive funding.
To vote for a park project in Charlotte and Durham, go to meetmeatthepark.org.
If your city is not one of the 15 already selected (see the list here), you can nominate your city to be entered in a contest for a grant.
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