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Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you for voting and showing your support for community parks – the places that improve our lives and communities. These 16 parks will receive $20,000 each to promote play, healthy living, connection to nature, and connection to each other. Scroll through the gallery to see the winning parks and projects.

  • Austin, TX

    Kealing School Park

    The Kealing School Tennis courts send storm water downhill toward a newly developed playground. This project will collect the storm water into a pollinator meadow to encourage infiltration and provide a nearby nature play opportunity.

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  • Brevard County, FL

    Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Sanctuary will build mini-bird viewing platforms that would give permanent interior views of the sanctuary, as vegetation currently prevents wildlife viewing. These platforms will include signage of birding, park history, distance markers for hikers and maps to enhance the nature experience.

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  • Charlotte, NC

    Learning Gardens

    Learning Gardens consisting of pollinator, vegetable and ozone gardens will be created at 10 recreation centers throughout the County. These gardens will be used to teach the community the benefits of eating fresh foods, the importance of gardening for wildlife, and the impact gardening has on the environment.

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  • Chicago, IL

    Welles Park

    A new nature play space will take the place of a former playground and will serve as an open play space, full of hidden nooks, climbing challenges, buzzing wildlife and elements of fun. The area will also be utilized for nature programming for residents of all ages.

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  • Durham, NC

    Walltown Park

    The basketball courts are one of its most popular features of the park and are in need of resurfacing and replacement of the existing goals. New adult fitness equipment and horseshoe pits will be installed to provide an option for recreation and allow for programs and tournaments for park visitors.

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  • Fresno, CA

    Highway City Community Science Center

    The Mobile Science Vehicle, equipped with traveling science laboratory and materials for over 350 diverse informal science projects, will be used to help dispel the sense of fear about science by providing hands-on opportunities in technology and science at the community center and various park sites throughout the City.

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  • Hartford, CT

    W.A.T.E.R Program

    W.A.T.E.R. (Water Activities Touches Everyone’s Road) combines the American Red Cross’s Jr. Lifeguard and Lifeguard Certification Programs with canoeing, fishing, and short distance leveled hiking. Youth between the ages of 13 - 16 will be introduced to these activities at the City's outdoor pools and parks while developing skills and certifications.

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  • Houston, TX

    Oak Forest Park

    Oak Forest Park, a place where everyone can play, is preparing for a major makeover. Two tennis courts which offer free children's tennis lessons and open play throughout the year are in need of an upgrade to enhance the player's experience.

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  • Los Angeles, CA

    South Los Angeles Wetlands Park

    The South Los Angeles Wetlands Park is a 2014 Envision (TM) Platinum Award winning, re-purposed nine acre public nature park and sustainable storm water treatment wetland. Because of its abundant use, much of the landscape has depreciated and is in need of restoration including tree planting and nature signage.

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  • Miami, FL

    Gwen Cherry Park

    A community fruit and vegetable garden will be developed and planted in Gwen Cherry Park, located near the underserved communities of Gladeview and Liberty City in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The garden will be used to teach garden management through a program that provides part-time entry level paid positions with Parks.

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  • New York, NY

    Green Patch

    Green Patch on Walton is a community garden in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx. The project will bring sunlight, food, and nature back to the space by making it more accessible, installing seating, a shed and a rain water harvesting system.

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  • Orlando, FL

    Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

    New fitness equipment will be installed along an accessible walking/bike trail to improve the opportunities for youth and adults to get active at Orlando's largest, most frequented park.

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  • Philadelphia, PA

    Philly Pump Track

    The Philly Pump Track is located in a beautiful outdoor setting and offers a unique mountain bike experience in the city. This project will make the track a more desirable facility by adding security fencing to the site, adding soil tac to the surface of the track and purchasing more equipment.

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  • San Francisco, CA

    Greenagers Program

    The Greenagers Program is designed to connect teens in the 9th and 10th grades, who live in or attend school in San Francisco's underserved southeastern quadrant, to wildlife areas in their own communities. This project would fund a restoration project in the community lead by the teens as part of the program.

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  • Seattle, WA

    Carkeek Park

    This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the Salmon Bearing Creek and the Viewlands Elementary school by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community.

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McAllen Nature Center

McAllen, TX

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