During Earth Month, the public voted for their favorite parks and park projects to receive $20,000 for improvements
“Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long” has been selected as a winner of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN. Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April.
Camp Long was one of 15 projects selected to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant will improve access to outdoor recreation to underserved youth in South Seattle through opportunities to participate in rock climbing, hiking, and creating service-learning projects at Camp Long that connect elementary students to their local, natural world.
“Camp Long has been a favorite of Seattleites for 75 years,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Through this grant, more than 400 youth from underserved areas in South Seattle will be able to experience this Seattle gem, learn about and experience nature, and develop leadership, teamwork and other critical life skills.”
“We aim for three outcomes in everything we do: healthy people, healthy environment, strong communities. Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long is an innovative project that will have an impact in all three of those areas by getting underserved youth outdoors and engaging with each other through hands-on activities, exploring nature, and service-learning projects,” said Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
“The tremendous support shown by the public for a second year during Earth Month confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA. “This grant will give funding that will help create a thriving gathering place where youth, families and adults can connect with nature and get active. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Walt Disney Company.”
To see all of the winning Parks Build Community projects, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.