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April 12, 2016

Vote Daily Through April for One of 3 Houston Parks Projects!

Three Houston Parks and Recreation Department projects are competing for a $20,000 grant through the Parks Build Community initiative! You get to choose which one will win!

The National Recreation and Park Association, Disney Citizenship, ABC Television and ESPN are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S., including a park project right here in Houston through Parks Build Community! This Earth Month, one of three local park projects will receive a $20,000 grant and your vote will help choose it! The park projects you can vote for are:

Ingrando Park: If chosen, the Futsal Court at Ingrando Park will repurpose an unused tennis court into a new mini-pitch soccer court for players of all ages. The mini-pitch court will benefit the Soccer for Success program, an initiative of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The initiative engages low-income, at-risk children at city parks and schools in youth development opportunities through the game of soccer.

Herman Brown Park: If chosen, the Fruit Orchard and Community Garden at Herman Brown Park will provide a half-acre, fenced garden with ten 4' x 6' raised vegetable beds, a fruit orchard, on-site access to water, and a tool shed for the use of area neighbors and students in the Furr High School Green Ambassadors Program.

Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership: If chosen, this project will benefit programs at two Houston community centers. After school and summer programs at the Judson Robinson, Jr., and Carverdale Community Centers will involve children in environmental education, conservation and outdoor recreation through the Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, which coordinates stewardship activities and the creation of nature play areas for an improved quality of life.

You can vote for one of these programs once a day throughout April! Help choose which Houston project wins the $20,000! Vote daily at: www.NRPA.org/BeInspired.

The initiative is taking place in 15 communities around the country. You also have the option to nominate a 16th park project that will be entered in a random drawing for the chance to win $20,000. 

For more information on the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks Build Community initiative, please visit www.houstonparks.org or write to Askparks@houstontx.gov.

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