As a runner and parent, I have a fondness for parks and all they have to offer -- running trails for people like me, biking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, nature, the great outdoors . . . all that good stuff.
|We love getting out to enjoy our local parks!|
Fortunately, I live among several truly awesome parks here in upstate New York. Unfortunately, funding for parks is often at risk.Right now, though, you can help your favorite park score some big bucks. Through Coca-Cola's third-annual America is Your Park campaign, people -- like you and me -- can vote for their favorite park to win one of three recreation grants: $100,000 for first place, $50,000 for second and $25,000 for third. Coca-Cola will also award a $15,000 grant, at random, to a park that comes in 4th to 25th place.
So, you're ready to vote, right? I mean, who wouldn't want to give their favorite park a chance to win this kind of grant? Exactly. So here are the details:
How to vote
Voting is super easy. Just visit the Coca-Cola Live Positively site HERE. Vote by searching for your favorite park using the interactive map, or by checking in via Foursquare. If, unlike me, you have such techie apps.
That's it! Easy.
Then, if you really love your park, tell you friends. And your relatives. Just vote between now and July 15, 2012.
Of course, I wouldn't ask you to vote if I wasn't going to vote for my favorite park. I popped over to the web site (HERE!) and voted for Schodack Island State Park.
Why? Well, for starters, the park is in my parents' hometown. And it is right down the road from one of my best friends. And it has a nice playground, great trails and access to the Hudson River. It also hosts some good running races, like the Dodge the Deer 5K in April.
|We even hit the park on cold days!|
|The 2011 Dodge the Deer 5K.|
The park has also faced some closure threats recently, due to state budget cuts. It would be a shame if Schodack Island State Park had to close or cut services. So, yeah, it gets my vote.
What about you?
What is your favorite park? Give it some thought. And then go vote!
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.