Stafford, Va. – Stafford County is asking for the public’s vote to help the parks system receive a $20,000 grant from the “Meet Me at the Park” contest. In its third year, the contest is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company to revitalize parks across the United States. Residents may nominate Stafford online at www.NRPA.org/BeInspired. The city/county that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.
“We take our parks system very seriously in Stafford. We recognize both the health and economic value in having abundant playing fields and opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said Chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors Paul Milde, Aquia District. “In the last year, we built our first inclusive park and boosted our efforts at drawing sports tourism. If we win $20,000 to enhance one of our parks, our record shows we will make good use of it. I thank our citizens in advance for their support.”
The contest is a parallel contest with projects being voted upon in fifteen cities across the United States. A project in each of those cities will win $20,000. The sixteenth city is one the voters will decide with nominations. The contest is part of the celebration of Earth Month and is intended to show what parks mean to our community.
Citizens are asked to take a selfie in their favorite park and use the hashtags #MeetMeatthePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired to encourage others to visit www.NRPA.org/BeInspired to cast a vote for Stafford County between April 1 and April 30. Each person who nominates Stafford County on the site will be entered into a contest to win a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.
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