Small-Town Park Named "America's Favorite" -- Could Yours Be Next?

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Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Last summer, the small town of Minot, N.D., was severely damaged by a record-breaking flood. As Minot's 40,000 residents struggled to put their lives back together, many found solace in trying to rebuild their beloved Oak Park.

Oak Park anchored the community and provided a place for friends, families and neighbors to be active and enjoy the outdoors together. Every summer, the park was the setting for concerts, a farmers market and more. The sense of loss was profound among residents, mourning memories in the park washed away by the flood.

So, last summer when Coca-Cola launched the "America Is Your Park" campaign, park lovers in Minot seized the opportunity to rally behind Oak Park. Park supporters from around the country cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite parks during the campaign. No one could have imagined that this small park would beat out thousands of others to become "America's Favorite Park" and take home a $100,000 recreation grant.

But that's exactly what happened!

Do you want to know the secret to their success? The entire community got involved! Park lovers held events in the park, mobilized online, engaged hometown celebrities and voted non-stop. Their efforts not only captured the attention of local news media and dignitaries, but an A-list Hollywood celebrity from Minot got involved.

Is your park America's next favorite? Is it in need of repairs, big or small? Follow Oak Park's lead, and your favorite park could win. The park with the most votes will get a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in the park.

But first, you have to vote! Use your home computer or smartphone to vote at LivePositively.com/parks starting May 23. And while you're on the site, learn more about how you can earn 100 votes each time you "check in" from the park.

Then become a champion for your park. Organize voting drives, pass out flyers, host a field day in the park, reach out to hometown celebrities and more. Whether you vote a few times or 100, you have the power to change your park and community.

What's even better is that more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from parks that placed fourth through 25th on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant. Now that should give you even more reason to get behind your park.

The fate of your favorite park is just a mouse click away, so get involved. Just imagine the impact these improvements can have on your park and community. The contest ends July 15, so vote today and vote often!

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