Mill Creek Park is ninth in the nation with 9,881 votes — with little more than a week of voting remaining — for this year’s “America Is Your Park” campaign sponsored by Coca-Cola.
It’s unlikely the park will catch the top three parks in the running: Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla., with 225,849 votes; Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Va., with 187,488 votes; and Thompson Park in East Liverpool, with 111,828.
“I’m not pleased,” said April Stanislaw, Mill Creek MetroParks marketing coordinator. “I’m kind of disappointed with the voting. I don’t think it’s gotten enough coverage.”
She added that if all 10,386 people who “like” Mill Creek MetroParks on Facebook had voted every day, the park would be in second or third place.
Stanislaw said she’s on Facebook every day to vote and help promote the campaign. She also is putting in calls to local media in an effort to help get the word out with just 11 days of voting remaining.
But to be ninth in the nation still is an accomplishment, she added.
If Mill Creek Park can stay in the top 25, it still has a chance at winning a $15,000 recreational grant.
The first-place winner will receive a $100,000 recreational grant. The second- and third-place winners will win $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively, and the fourth-place winner will be drawn from the top 25 parks for a $15,000 grant.
Voting ends July 15 and is easy, Stanislaw said. There are three ways: click for one vote at coke.com/parks, check-in at the park for five votes via FourSquare or log 20 minutes of activity at the park via MapMyFitness for 10 votes.
Next Saturday and July 14 are the two remaining double-vote days.
As of Friday at 1 p.m., there were 899,320 total votes and 44,540 total hours of activity among the 10,105 participating parks.
Mill Creek Park is 2,836 votes behind current eighth-place Central Park Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas, and 4,338 behind seventh-place Riverside Park in Jurupa Valley, Ca.
“As long as we stay in the top 25, I’ll be happy,” Stanislaw said.