City of Longview News

Posted on: March 28, 2017

Nominate Longview to Win $20K During “MEET ME AT THE PARK”

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City with the most nominations wins a grant for a local park through park improvement campaign 

The Longview Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to vote for Longview in an online contest that could bring a grant for park improvements at Teague Park. This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

 Local parks make Longview a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature—and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Longview residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park. 

By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can nominate Longview once a day for the entire month of April. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

Scott Caron, City of Longview Parks and Recreation Director said, “This is an excellent opportunity for the citizens of Longview to be directly involved with promoting our city on the national level and secure $20,000 to improve a park.”  

“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects in communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.” 

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at www.nrpa.org/beinspired. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot. 

This Earth Month, Longview can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired. 

For more information and to nominate your city, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

The Longview Parks and Recreation Department provides the community with more 30 parks, trails and other open spaces. Community involvement and volunteering is a very important part of how we are able to bring improvements and maintain a high standard for our parks. To learn more, please visit LongviewTexas.gov/Parks or call 903-237-1270. 

About The National Recreation and Park Association 

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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