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Posted on: March 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Nominate Rock Island to Win $20K During "Meet Me at The Park"

Nominate Rock Island to receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park...

           This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.
           Local parks make Rock Island a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature—and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Rock Island residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.
            By visiting, park supporters can nominate our city. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.
            John Gripp, Director of Parks and Recreation says "The City of Rock Island has over 850 acres of park land. Our parks and programs play an integral role in the well being of our community. You can help us improve one of our parks by nominating Rock Island on during the month of April.” 
            “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.”
            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. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

            This Earth Month, Rock Island can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired. For more information and to nominate your city, visit

About Rock Island Parks and Recreation
We provide the opportunity for fun! Rock Island Parks and Recreation mission is to demonstrate our commitment to the community by providing quality recreation facilities, programs and benefits that appeal to a wide range of citizens. Rock Island Parks & Recreation offers a variety of activities and programs for all ages and includes 27 sites with over 850 acres of parks and green space. For more information, visit or call (309) 732-7275.

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 nearly 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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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