Friends, Let’s Make Our Parks Even Better

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my favorite park (link) — Salt Fork State Park — as a part of Coca-Cola’s America Is Your Park program. I wanted to take a minute to share another photo with you from a few years ago:


I love this photo, and not just because all of the children in it are three years younger than they are today and still look like itty-bitty babies or small children and not the big kids and tweens that they are today. Well, okay, I do love it for that reason, but I love it for other reasons too.

One of the best parts of our local park is that it offers our family a basically endless list of fun and mostly free things to do there. We come together, as a family, and do things together, as a family. But the other great thing about the park is that we can get together with friends there. Friends are important, whether you’re a child or an adult. We’ve met with various friends at the park over the years, including friends who are no longer with us. The memories of laughing and playing and fishing and swimming and on and on make me hope that someday our sons will come back to this park — even when they are old and grown and have maybe moved on — to create memories with their children, their friends and, yes, our family.


I’m sure you have a park where you and your family and your friends make memories too. Or maybe you don’t yet make memories there but you want to. Whatever the case, you can vote for your favorite park to win a $100,000 grant. Need more information about the America Is Your Park program? Watch this helpful video.

The truth is that you can help your park win this money just by doing the things you already do online. You can write a post and share it. You can encourage your local friends — and the friends who aren’t local but love you all the same — to vote for the park of your choosing on Facebook. You can engage your Twitter friends to give your park a click; remember, you don’t have to register to vote, so people are more likely to spare a click because it’s so easy! Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Contact your local officials to see if they want to get involved in the push for votes. In fact, call your local park and ask if they want to get involved in the endeavor. I’m sure they will be!

You have a chance right now to help make a difference at your favorite park so that you can continue building memories with your family and friends. Don’t let it pass you by!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Only legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) who are at least 13 years old and reside within the U.S. at the time of participation are eligible to vote for a Park. Participate on behalf of a Park by: July 15, 2012. The 3 most popular Parks will be offered a grant and there will be 1 Wild Card drawing at the end of the Contest to award an additional grant. To participate, for Official Rules, and complete details including grant descriptions, visit Void where prohibited.


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2 Replies to “Friends, Let’s Make Our Parks Even Better”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I think this is such a great cause! We enjoy camping at our state parks each summer, and also those in surrounding states. I have heard they may close some parks because of government cost cutting. It’s great to be able to help them out in a small way. They only problem is which one to choose…I love Devils Lake State Park and Peninsula State parks here in WI, but we also love Wilderness State park and Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.

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