Voting is still going on for Coca-Cola’s third annual America Is Your Park campaign.
The park with the most votes wins an $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative and will be officially titled “America’s Favorite Park”. Runner-up will receive a $50,000 grant, third place will receive a $25,000 grant and one lucky park randomly selected from the top 25 contenders will receive a $15,000 grant.
Make sure your favorite park is in the running by clicking here and voting for your favorite park before July 15, 2012. On the site, you can easily cast your vote as well, download tools to rally your community, and add a Facebook badge to encourage others to vote for your park.
As I mentioned previously, I voted for Tompkin’s Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village, because its rehabilitation has changed the face of our entire neighborhood. We would probably not have decided to raise our daughter here if it hadn’t happened.
But parks need to be cared for and maintained. The safety of our neighborhood depends on the continual upkeep of Tompkin’s Square.
I could say the same thing about any park in New York City.
If you think back twenty years, even Central Park was not considered a safe place to let children play or for grown women to jog alone. I remember going there at night with a group of friends in high school and knowing my mother would kill me if she knew I was there.
Now Central Park is the one of the most beautiful, well-trafficked spots in the city. It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered a dangerous place.
New York City has changed tremendously over the years, with more and more residents deciding to raise families here. This has everything to do with the rehabilitation of our parks and the creation of new ones, like the fabulous new children’s playgrounds in Union Square and Madison Square Park. The new parks have made our city a safer and more family-oriented place to live.
There is another park I could have voted for that is a few blocks over from Tompkin’s Square. It is a little rundown and needs a repaving job but it’s quiet.
We take our daughter there when we don’t want to deal with the crowds at Tompkin’s and prefer to be just the three of us.
The question is, when deciding which park you will vote for in Coca-Cola’s America is Your Park campaign, will it be the cornerstone of your neighborhood?
The park you frequent the most often?
Or the little empty park a few blocks over that never got the love it deserved?
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