This summer, thousands of you got active on behalf of your favorite parks. And thanks to you, Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Oklahoma won the title of “America’s Favorite Park” with more than 400,000 votes and 16,000 hours of activity.
You rallied around Veterans Memorial Park and nearly 12,000 others to make the “America Is Your Park” campaign a huge success. And in the end, four lucky parks won grants to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas where people can play and be active.
Veterans Memorial Park won a $100,000 recreation grant that will be used to help rebuild a playground after it was destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.
The park leapt to the top of the leaderboard when other communities, including previous grant winners whose parks were also damaged by natural disasters, rallied around it. They organized voting drives at local events and engaged celebrities to encourage voting.
“Recovering from the tornado has been difficult, but the rebuilding efforts have strengthened our community and brought us all closer together,” said Todd Jenson, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Moore. “The support and love our town received from all over the country is overwhelming. Thanks to Coca-Cola and everyone who voted, we can rebuild Veterans Memorial Park and new memories.”
People logged daily fitness activities, attended field day events, and had good old-fashioned fun outdoors on behalf of national, state and local parks this summer. All of this active, healthy fun amounted to more than 72,000 hours of activity and more than 1.4 million votes.
Now that you’ve gotten a jump start to an active, healthy lifestyle, keep it going. “Take It To The Park” year round and keep on showing your parks the love!
These parks also won big:
2ND PLACE – $50,000
Mason Neck State Park
3RD PLACE – $25,000
Greis Veterans Memorial Park
WILDCARD WINNER1 – $15,000
Woodlawn Lake Park
San Antonio, TX
1 VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK Moore, OK
2 MASON NECK STATE PARK Lorton, VA
3 GREIS VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK Lynbrook, NY
4 THOMPSON PARK East Liverpool, OH
5 ELDRIDGE PARK Elmira, NY
6 RANCHO JURUPA PARK Jurupa Valley, CA
7 CENTRAL PARK GRAND PRAIRIE Grand Prairie, TX
8 RIVERSIDE PARK New London, CT
9 MILL CREEK PARK Youngstown, OH
10 BLUE SPRING STATE PARK Orange City, FL
11 LAKE EOLA PARK Orlando, FL
12 WOODLAWN LAKE PARK San Antonio, TX – WILDCARD
13 HORSESHOE LAKE PARK Succasunna, NJ
14 LEWIS COUNTY PARK Weston, WV
15 STANSBURY PARK Dundalk, MD
16 PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK Ontonagon, MI
17 HARPER PARK Stanley, NC
18 STAFFORD CITY PARK Stafford, KS
19 FRISCO PARK Armory, MS
20 SOUTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK Roscommon, MI
21 OAK PARK Montgomery, AL
22 FULTON PARK Waterbury, CT
23 INDEPENDENCE PARK Chicago, IL
24 KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE RESORT STATE PARK Gilbertsville, KY
25 OJIBWAY ISLAND Saginaw, MI
The wildcard winner was randomly selected from the parks that finished between 4th and 25th place on the leaderboard after the voting was certified.
To read more on the park selections visit http://www.livepositively.com/community/america-is-your-park/and Coca Cola