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Want to Help Your Park Win $100,00 and Earn the Title of 'America's Favorite Park?' Here's How!

By amberdoty |

Summer has only just begun but already our family has logged some major time at our local park, the Clayton Community Park. In fact, since the weather warmed up we’ve stopped by there to play so frequently that we are beginning to get to know and befriend the other park regulars.

This is great for Anders and Danica, who now practically burst with excitement on the drive there in anticipation of learning which playmate will be waiting for them, but it’s also nice for me as it provides the opportunity for a little adult interaction, something I crave as a work from home parent.

Saturday mornings are prime time for park play in our area and on a recent trip we bumped into two of our favorite families. While the kids busied themselves on the jungle gym, the other moms and I settled in on a nearby bench to have a chat. In between shouting reminders to the kids not to climb up the slide and to take care to look out for younger children, we all remarked how lucky we are to have a place like this so close to home to let the children run off their energy and that provides us the opportunity to commiserate with other parents.

It was then that I told the other moms about Coca-Cola’s ‘America Is Your Park Campaign.’ Have you heard about it? This is valuable information for anyone who spends a lot of time on the playground. For the third year in a row, Coca-Cola will be awarding a $100,000 recreation grant to the park that receives the most votes. Second- and third-place will be given $50,000 and $25,000 and one park in the top 25 will be chosen at random to receive a $15,000 grant.

Voting for your park is easy. You just have to visit Live Positively and use the map to locate your park and cast a vote. After voting, you can share your vote with your friends on Facebook and help spread the word about the campaign. You can vote as often as you like, but if you really want to help your park earn the coveted title of ‘America’s Favorite Park’ remember to check-in on Four Square during each visit and encourage the other members of your community to do the same. Each check-in earns your park 100 points.

The Live Positively site is an excellent source of information on how to help your park climb to the top of the list — providing everything from flyers to suggestions on how to get the word out both online and off — and it is also where you can get a badge to use as your Facebook profile picture or cover photo to really up awareness and empower others to get involved.

Are you up to the challenge of helping your park become ‘America’s Favorite Park?’

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/parksVoid where prohibited. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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7 thoughts on “Want to Help Your Park Win $100,00 and Earn the Title of 'America's Favorite Park?' Here's How!

  1. Aela says:

    I love that feeling of getting to know the local park-goers. It’s such a great way to feel connected to the community. My wife and I have lived in a great neighborhood for the past two years that has an awesome park – great playground, dog play area, lake, and amazing gardens. We’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people we never would have met otherwise! I’ll be voting for my park, but I wish yours luck!

  2. Heather says:

    I don’t wish yours luck, I want to win!!! LOL!!!

  3. emily says:

    I really do love what Coca Cola is doing. I knew there was a reason for my diet coke addiction! :)

    No seriously, I would love to see an Indianapolis park take home some of this cash.

  4. daniellesmith says:

    Beautiful how the ‘face-to-face’ spreading of this good news works so well…. just like the social media aspect of the campaign… and if you and your Saturday morning park goers are checking in on foursquare – extra votes for your park! Love it!

  5. Meghan Gesswein says:

    Before we moved we lived near an awesome community park that was constantly teeming with other families. Our new neighborhood has a plethora of parks, but because there are so many options, they are often empty and don’t provide for a lot of interaction. Good news/bad news I suppose.

  6. SunnyChanel says:

    Sure the title of “America’s Favorite Park” is fine and all, but the 100k is really the big. I can’t wait to see he wins the 100k, it will make SUCH a different in the community that wins it.

  7. marylweimer says:

    We live across the street from the major park in our town and are literally there every day. It’s so important to our community and such a huge part of our lives. Thanks for spreading the word about this awesome program! Off to cast my vote: )

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