Seattle Parks and Recreation Wins $20,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant for Local Park Improvement Project 

Grants awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company 

Connecting Kids to Nature at Carkeek Park has been selected as a winner of the national Meet Me at the Park 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.

Connecting Kids to Nature at Carkeek Park was one of 16 park improvement projects selected to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant will help restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community.

“At Seattle Parks and Recreation, our mission is to support healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. This project will have an impact in all three of those areas by getting diverse youth outdoors and engaging with each other through nature exploration and environmental education at Carkeek Park,” said Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Meet Me at the Park helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. These park projects will connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign was promoted on social media, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms.

For more information about this project and parks and recreation, visit seattle.gov/parks. For more information about the winning Meet Me at the Park projects visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/beinspired.