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Help Support Your Favorite Park!

By EmilyBMalone |

Playing in the park!

Now that summer is in full swing (okay, not really here in Seattle) it’s that time of year where I like to spend as much time as possible outside.  I find the outdoors so refreshing – that white noise of people talking, dogs barking, water splashing, and birds chirping.

Last week I told you about our favorite park here in Seattle.  Since we’ve still only been here a year, my goal for this summer is to explore as many new outdoor spaces as I can.  I love throwing a blanket and stroller in the car, and heading out with Cullen to find new spots to walk and play in the grass.

I’m sure any parent can agree that babies are expensive.  One of the biggest perks of hanging out at our local parks is that they are FREE!  Between beaches, playgrounds, sand pits, grassy space, picnic centers, and more there is a full day’s worth of entertainment available for (usually) no cost.  But of course these parks needs funds for maintenance and restoration, so it’s important to support them through donations and fundraising campaigns when we can.

Make sure to check out the America Is Your Park campaign going on now — you can vote for your favorite park to win a $100,000 recreation grant!  Pick your favorite park and ask others to join you in voting—you can even find a Facebook badge photo to use as your profile image. Maybe even plan a park outing or picnic to help encourage friends to get involved.  However you choose to participate, I hope you and your kids enjoy plenty of time outside this summer!

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10 thoughts on “Help Support Your Favorite Park!

  1. Anna says:

    Awww what an adorable picture!!

  2. Amber Doty says:

    Amen to them being free! Summer is always the most expensive time for us as far as activities go. There’s vacation, but there’s also all those extra cries of “I’m bored!” to deal with. The park is a place we visit frequently and, honestly, my kids never get tired of it.
    I kind of feel like I owe it to my park to vote for it. If I had paid an entrance fee every time we visited I would owe the a great deal of money.

  3. Kelsey says:

    This pictures is so cute! I agree, a park is an integral part of summer. We love going to ours and I would love to enter it in this contest. Thanks for telling us about it!

  4. Aela says:

    Free is always good! We started frequenting our local park when we got our dog, and now we can’t wait to bring our baby there!

  5. emily says:

    Three cheers for parks being free. Fantastic entertainment for the kids, with NO COST! I don’t know what I would do without our local parks.

  6. Aela says:

    I love free anything!! Especially free money for my local park. I’ll be sure to vote!

  7. laurenjimeson says:

    I love that park are free! It’s one of the best things about living in the city I live in is visiting a park. Such a great way to spend the day when you have kids.

  8. daniellesmith says:

    Yes! Free is key :) Especially as my small people began to get a little bigger – it was so important for me to take them not only OUTSIDE to run around, but somewhere that didn’t require a specific time comittment or amount of money. So perfect.

  9. Casi says:

    Best part is they are free – always great right? I love taking my girls. LOVING that adorable pic too. What a cutie!

  10. Meghan says:

    I love the idea of searching the city for different/new parks. That’s something my kids and I might have to spend some time doing this summer.

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