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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Nominate Roanoke to Receive a $20K Grant during Earth Month

Roanoke, VA — For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company—including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN—to help fund local park improvement projects across the country through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign.

Roanoke’s parks are an important part of our community and are essential to the city’s health and wellbeing. They provide places to be active and enjoy nature, help preserve the environment, and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 residents will have the opportunity to nominate Roanoke to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local neighborhood park.

By visiting, park supporters can nominate Roanoke for this grant. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. Additionally, everyone who nominates a city is automatically entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes.”  

This Earth Month, citizens are encouraged to show what parks mean to the community by nominating Roanoke. Encourage your friends to nominate Roanoke by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth. For more information and to nominate Roanoke, visit

About Roanoke Parks and Recreation 

Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation is a full-service, nationally accredited municipal agency that maintains nearly 14,000 acres of public land and provides the Roanoke Valley with thousands of recreational opportunities each year. With 60 parks, five greenways, four plazas, two outdoor swimming pools and seven recreation centers, the department employs 62 full-time employees and roughly 158 part-time and seasonal employees. For more information, please visit

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 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 media inquiries, please contact Stephanie Long, Marketing Coordinator at Roanoke Parks and Recreation, at or 540-853-5847.