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Posted on: April 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Nominate Madison To Win 20k During “MEET ME AT THE PARK”


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

Madison, CT., March 30, 2017 – This April (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 or town that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Local parks make Madison a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our town’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 Madison residents will have the opportunity to nominate our town to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

By visiting, park supporters can nominate our town. At the end of April, the city/town with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a town will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

“Madison Parks are an integral part of our community” states Scot Erskine, Director of Recreation. “We are a very active community and many residents live for the outdoors and all the town has to offer” he added.

“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere”, said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “that is 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  Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with on-air radio spots.

This Earth Month, Madison can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great town. We ask that you encourage your friends to nominate our town by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags  #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.

For more information and to nominate Madison, visit or log on to

About Madison Beach and Recreation Department

The Madison Beach & Recreation Department is a municipal department managing 3 town beaches, multiple ballfields and over 800 acres of parkland throughout the town. The agency develops and runs many recreational and environmental programs for the community.

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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit .


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