I was raised in captivity, cradled by the rolling hills of San Francisco and vividly remember my “walk” to pre-school. The trek would’ve certainly impressed Sir Edmund Hillary. I had Schwarzenegger calves.
Much like an Everest explorer, I found myself, some days, crawling up those mountainous avenues, clawing my way to my favorite park. San Francisco’s terrain made walking to monkey bars and slides not just a journey but an adventure.
Douglass Park was one of my favorites. It had all your basic needs: slides, monkey bars, weird jungle gyms (do they even make those anymore?), heavy grit sand, a rough baseball diamond and plenty of children screaming in terror/fun.
Many of my “firsts” were achieved there too, including some of my first times with a baseball and bat. But my favorite memory of it was climbing the steep 100′ heights (size relative to a young boy) to get to the upper field. It was a crowning achievement that not every kid was fit to take on.
The last time I made the voyage there, however, I was saddened. It had fallen into disrepair…
But now I have my chance. Coca-Cola has decided to give me an opportunity to make things right.
They’ve begun a program called “America Is Your Park” or “AIYP” for short. Coca-Cola is giving you opportunity to vote for your favorite park and to the winner comes the spoils. They are giving grants of $100,000 to the winner, $50,000 for second place and $25,000 for third.
All YOU have to do (as I will) is:
1. Go here: AMERICA IS YOUR PARK
2. Use the interactive map to find your favorite park and vote for it!
3. If you’re on Foursquare, check in to your park (following their instructions) and grab even more votes.
4. And rally your troops on Facebook and Twitter to build your votes to benefit your favorite park.
You can vote for any park, big or small, from May 23rd, 2012 to July 15th, 2012.
And that’s it! Whether it’s your favorite park from your youth (like me) or the park you visit every day or weekend with the kids, help YOUR park win the grants!
Who knows, maybe I’ll have to take a plane trip up to San Francisco, call all my friends to come over and check in on Foursquare, and ROCK THE PARTY!
:: Charlie ::
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This is sponsored content from Babble and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Coca-Cola. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Only legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) who are at least 13 years old and reside within the U.S. at the time of participation are eligible to vote for a Park. Participate on behalf of a Park by: July 15, 2012. The 3 most popular Parks will be offered a grant and there will be 1 Wild Card drawing at the end of the Contest to award an additional grant. To participate, for Official Rules, and complete details including grant descriptions, visit www.LivePositively.com/parks. Void where prohibited. Click here to see more of the discussion.