In addition to the top prize, second- and third-place winners – Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Va., and Greis Veterans Memorial Park in Lynbrook, N.Y. – received $50,000 and $25,000 recreation grants, respectively. Additionally, Woodlawn Lake Park in San Antonio, Texas was chosen, at random, to receive a $15,000 “wildcard” grant.
Activity grants totaling $40,000 were also awarded to four select parks across the country at field day events this summer. These grants will help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in parks where people can play and be active.
The fierce online campaign included nearly 12,000 national, state and local parks from around the country. People got active on behalf of parks by logging daily fitness activities, attending field day events and having good old-fashioned fun outdoors. Communities also used social media to encourage activity and rally their supporters to help parks win money for improvements. As a result, people around the country logged more than 72,000 hours of activity and cast more than 1.4 million votes.
Coca-Cola has supported efforts to maintain and rebuild parks across the nation for more than 40 years. The Company has donated more than $17 million to date in recreation grants and partnerships to help keep families active in the great outdoors. America Is Your Park was developed in partnership with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association.About the Winning Parks Veterans Memorial Park Veterans Memorial Park was designed to honor our veterans and create spaces for families and people to spend time together. In May 2013, it was heavily damaged by a tornado. Activity spaces include a playground, walking trail and more. A Memorial Plaza recognizes veterans from the five branches of service and a Soldiers’ Memorial honors war heroes. The grant will be used to purchase a new playground so families can begin enjoying the park again.