Mi­ami-Dade Parks pro­gram wins $20,000 "Meet Me at the Park" grant

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI — Last year, Mi­ami-Dade County res­i­dents voted for Gwen Cherry Com­mu­nity Gar­den to re­ceive $20,000 Meet Me at the Park grant from the Na­tional Re­cre­ation and Park As­so­ci­a­tion (NRPA) and The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, in­clud­ing Dis­ney/ABC Tele­vi­sion Group and ESPN.With that fund­ing, the com­mu­nity is able to en­joy a com­mu­nity fruit and veg­etable gar­den. This year, the Mi­ami-Dade Parks Eco Sum­mer Ad­ven­tures pro­gram, ex­clu­sively for sum­mer campers en­rolled at Sgt. Joseph De­lancy Park, is the win­ner of the 2018 Meet Me at the Park grant. Through­out April, peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia to vote on one of three pro­grams.

“NRPA is proud to col­lab­o­rate with The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany and their ESPN and ABC Tele­vi­sion me­dia net­works on th­ese ex­cit­ing pro­grams,” said Re­becca Wickline, NRPA se­nior vice pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment. “ESPN and Dis­ney ABC Tele­vi­sion group have the power to help us reach hundreds of mil­lions of peo­ple and their in­vest­ment sup­ports our vi­sion that ev­ery­one de­serves a great park and will bring chil­dren and fam­i­lies closer to­gether through the power of parks and play. Con­grat­u­la­tions to this year’s grant re­cip­i­ents.”

The Eco Sum­mer Ad­ven­tures pro­gram at Sgt. Joseph De­lancy Park was one of 15 park im­prove­ment projects na­tion­wide to re­ceive grant fund­ing. The $20,000 grant will sup­port an eight-week, en­vi­ron­men­tal en­rich­ment pro­gram for sum­mer campers en­rolled at Sgt. Joseph De­lancy Park con­sist­ing of hands-on en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion work­shops and weekly field trips to Cran­don Park.

“We are hon­ored and thank­ful to the NRPA and The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany to re­ceive this award for the fourth year in a row,” shared Maria I. Nardi, Mi­ami-Dade Parks Di­rec­tor. “Parks pro­vide safe places for youth to be ac­tive, so­cial, and to ex­plore the en­vi­ron­ment. The Eco Sum­mer Ad­ven­tures pro­gram will pro­vide the un­der­served youth at Sgt. De­lancy Park, with a deeper en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence that brings them up close and per­sonal with na­ture and will en­gage many for the first-time in dis­cov­er­ing the beauty and won­der of Mi­ami’s marine and coastal ar­eas.”

Now in its fourth year, the Meet Me at the Park cam­paign is part of $1.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment from The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, sup­port­ing NRPA and Dis­ney’s com­bined goal of pro­vid­ing one mil­lion kids and fam­i­lies with greater ac­cess to play.

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