McAllen Wins $20,000 Grant as Part of National ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Campaign

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MCALLEN – Thanks to the support of McAllen’s community members and their nominations this past Earth Month. McAllen won with the most write-in nominations as part of the Meet Me at the Park campaign, which took place April 1 – 30, 2017. The city of McAllen will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN.

Meet Me at the Park helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. These park projects will connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign was promoted on social media, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms.

The $20,000 grant for most write-in nominations will go to McAllen Nature Center. The project the grant will fund hasn’t been decided yet.

The 20-acre center is home to a variety of plants and animals and includes ADA-accessible trails.

“Nearly 70,000 people participated in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign, a record number, demonstrating a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm for local parks nationwide,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Many children and families in need will benefit from this campaign, which was made possible by the generosity of The Walt Disney Company. We want to thank them for helping us give back to the communities our members so proudly support.”

For more information about the winning Meet Me at the Park projects visit www.NRPA.org/Disney.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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