AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta's Recreation and Parks Department has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from The Walt Disney Company in support of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Disney's combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.
"We are excited to be selected for this recognition and support," said Glenn Parker, director of the Augusta Recreation and Parks Department. "The funding will enable us to bring a new level of inclusivity and play to our park system. We look forward to working with our community partners, such as Age Friendly Augusta, to engage the community in this project."
As part of the national "Meet Me at the Park" program, the organizations invited park and recreation agencies across the country to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families in their communities. Agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas receive $30,000 grants to build their projects.
Augusta's Recreation and Parks Department will use the grant to support the costs of a new playground at Henry H. Brigham Park, specifically to fund inclusive play elements that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
"NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play," said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. "By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide unique activities tailored to the local community that support healthy lifestyles."
The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks.
For more information about this project, visit http://www.augustaga.gov/2641/Rec-Parks-Department