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04-02-2018 Nominate Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation in “Meet Me at the Park” Contest
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For Immediate Release

Nominate Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation in “Meet Me at the Park” Contest

April 02, 2018
Parks & Recreation

Winner will receive $20,000 grant for park project 

Meet Me at the Park LogoCHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA —Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation is asking residents to help the department win $20,000 to improve one of its county parks by nominating them in a nationwide contest.

During April, as part of the recognition for Earth Month and Earth Day on April 22, 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 the fourth year. The Parks and Recreation department that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

From April 1-30, Chesterfield County residents will have the opportunity to nominate the county for the $20,000 grant, which could make substantial improvements to one of our county parks. Park supporters can nominate the county once every day of the month by visiting https://www.meetmeatthepark.org/. In addition, everyone who submits a nomination will be entered in a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

Here in Chesterfield County, we know that parks make the county a better place to live and contribute to the quality of life. Parks are essential to the county’s health and well-being. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature, help preserve the environment and bring people together. Dr. James Worsley, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation director, is excited about the prospect of competing for the grant.

“Chesterfield County is fortunate to have a diverse and engaging park system,” Worsley said. “By nominating the county, citizens are showing their support for additional funding for our parks. Chesterfield parks make our community better and encourage kids and families to get outdoors, be active and have fun.”

“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.”  

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ESPN, 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 www.MeetMeAtThePark.org. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

This Earth Month, Chesterfield citizens can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great county. Encourage your friends to nominate our county by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.


About Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation  

In 2016, Chesterfield County parks had nearly 6,000,000 visitors. Department recreation staff offered more than 1,000 programs to 203,000 individuals in the county. The parks maintenance staff maintained 55 parks, 69 schools, and nine libraries. Department employees are dedicated to making Chesterfield County an amazing place to live, work and play.

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.

Contact Person:  Sharon Entsminger
Contact Email: entsmingers@chesterfield.gov
Contact Phone: 804-748-1126

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