Mill Creek Park in running for $100,000 recreational grant
By Josh Stipanovich
Mill Creek Park is in the running for a $100,000 recreational grant from Coca-Cola as a part of its “Take it to the Park” contest.
April Stanislaw, Mill Creek MetroParks marketing coordinator, said the park district stumbled upon the opportunity to enter the contest when she met a gentleman at this year’s Get Outdoors’ Day, who then emailed her information about the contest.
Mill Creek Park, one of 8,097 parks participating in the contest, was in 17th place Thursday night, Stanislaw said, but there are three ways community members can gather votes — go to coke.com/parks, check in at the park via the smartphone application Four Square, and by getting active by logging 20 minutes of activity using the application MapMyFitness.
Registration is simple, Stanislaw said. Once the website is accessed, the user registers, searches for Mill Creek Park and votes once a day.
Stanislaw added that five votes can be obtained by checking in using Four Square and 10 votes by logging activity in the park using MapMyFitness.
Coca-Cola will give four prizes away. The first- place prize is the $100,000 recreational grant; second place receives $50,000; third place receives $25,000; and fourth place is a drawing for $15,000.
Stanislaw said that gives Mill Creek Park a good chance at winning something. Point totals will be doubled June 21, the first full day of summer, and during that last weekend of voting from July 13-14, Stanislaw said.
Stanislaw said that if they won the $100,000, they would finish the Wick Recreational playground project on Youngstown’s West Side.
“It’s [the project] pretty massive,” Stanislaw said. “It really means a lot for the community. This would service the community.”
As of Thursday morning, Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Okla., was in first place with 10,594 votes. In a distant second is Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Va. There have been 59,364 total votes tallied, 1,127 total hours of activity logged as of Thursday morning, according to parks.livepositively.com/parks.