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Vote for Sarasota County in nationwide parks competition

Post Date:04/11/2017 4:28 PM

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is taking part in the "Meet Me at the Park" initiative, a national contest that could earn Sarasota County a $20,000 grant to improve local parks. 

The initiative, which is sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), provides communities across the country the chance to win the grant, by encouraging the public to vote for their community. The community with the most nominations earns the grant, which can be used to connect youth to nature, increase youth's access to sports, or inspire healthy living.  

 "Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community, and the same is true for Sarasota County," said Carolyn Brown, director of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. "One of our organizational goals is to be a premier community to live, work and play, and parks are a key component of that goal." 

 The voting period opens April 1, and runs through the end of the month. The winning community will have a choice of which park or program in their system to improve using the $20,000 grant. 

 To vote for Sarasota County Parks, visit To learn more about Sarasota County's parks, beaches, natural areas and other amenities, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit Be sure to follow @scgovparks on Facebook and Instagram to find out the results of the competition.

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