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Help Your Favorite Park Win a $100,000 Recreation Grant

My father and I on our Yellowstone adventure.

I love to be outdoors, and in each of the four major cities that I’ve lived in, I’ve always had a favorite local park. In Pittsburgh, it was Schenley Park because the park hosted outdoor movie nights. In Orlando, it was Fleet Peoples Park because it was very dog-friendly and had tons of wooden trails for my dogs to explore off-leash.

But if you ask me what my #1 favorite park is, the answer is easy:  Yellowstone National Park, which is primarily located in Wyoming. I’ve only been to Yellowstone once – when I was about nine years old – but the park made a huge impression on me. Where else can you find herds of bison, picturesque streams and fields of wildflowers, a petrified forest, and geysers like Old Faithful?  My dad took me to Yellowstone on a camping / cycling trip with a large group. It was an incredible learning and bonding experience, and I’m forever grateful for the experience.

Of course, not all parks are as well-funded and nicely maintained as a popular national park like Yellowstone. Our communities need safe parks. And that’s where Coca-Cola’s America is Your Park program comes in. With a simple click of a mouse, you could help your favorite park – whether local, state, or national – win a grant of $100,000.

Click through to learn more about the America is Your Park program.

Over 13 million votes were cast in last year’s America is Your Park program.  The winner was Oak Park in the small town of Minot, North Dakota, which had been destroyed by a historic flood that damaged much of the city. Thanks to Coca-Cola’s program, residents of Minot now have a place to safely play, gather, and enjoy the outdoors again.

During this year’s America is Your Park contest, Coke will award recreation grants to the top three parks with the most votes - $100,000 for first place, $50,000 for second and $25,000 for third. Additionally, a $15,000 grant will be awarded, drawn at random, to a lucky park that comes in 4th to 25th place.

To vote for your favorite park, visit livepostively.com/parks.  Voting only takes a few seconds and registration is not required. Encourage your friends and community members to vote for your favorite park, too!

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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