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Giving Back to My Favorite Park

At our favorite park

Parks are important to my family for so many reasons.

When I first became a mom, my husband and I lived in a little apartment. We didn’t have a yard, or an apartment playground. What we did have was our local park, where we were free to spend our time picnicking and enjoying wide-open spaces. As young parents, we didn’t have the resources to go on fancy family excursions, and we didn’t need to. Our local park offered wonderful free family fun and provided the setting for some of our most treasured memories.

As time went on and we moved on up, we were finally able to move into our very own condominium. While it was a lovely space we could call our own, the patio proved no match for our active toddler. Again, we headed to our local park, which also happened to be a regional park.

With a large lake for fishing, trails, and even bicycle rentals, we spent our Sundays at Yorba Regional Park appreciating the great outdoors. It was here that our son learned to ride a bike and its gorgeous landscape even set the scene for many of our Christmas cards and amateur family photo sessions.

My family’s continued love affair with parks has me supremely excited to share the third-annual America is Your Park program with you! Parks are important to our families and communities for so many reasons, they are places we go to play, celebrate, relax, and gather. Parks are the epitome of our childhood and that magical sense of freedom. The America is Your Park program knows this and wants to give one park a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative! The winning park will also receive the coveted title of “America’s Favorite Park”!

Could your favorite park be the lucky winner? You and your vote get to decide!

Nominating and voting for your favorite park is super easy. Simply click here, use the interactive map to search for your favorite park, and vote! Just like that you’re bringing your favorite park one step closer to victory! The best part is, your park doesn’t have to be famous or big to win; last year’s winning park was Oak Park located in the small town of Minot, ND!

I just voted for my favorite park, Yorba Regional in Anaheim, CA and I’m off to encourage my friends and neighbors to do the same. The best way to advocate for your favorite park is through community action. Encourage your community and social networks to get involved and bring home the glory!

When we think of all the cherished memories our favorite park has given us, the idea of giving back just feels good. We have the power to preserve our park for generations to come. So what are we waiting for? Let’s do this thing!

What does your favorite park mean to your family?

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.

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