One of three Fresno parks or community centers will receive a $20,000 grant in a nationwide competition, and local residents will decide the winner. The voting is part of the national “Meet Me at the Park” campaign by the National Recreation and Park Association during Earth Month in April. Fresno is one of 15 cities nationwide in which a park will win a grant based on public voting by text message or through the association’s website.
The Fresno projects are:
▪ A mobile science vehicle for the Highway City Community Science Center near Shaw Avenue and Highway 99 in northwest Fresno to provide hands-on technology and science programs at the center and at parks across Fresno.
▪ A healthy lifestyle fitness program at Holmes Playground at First Street and Huntington Boulevard in southeast Fresno to teach children about healthy living and promote physical activity.
▪ An educational garden at the Ted C. Wills Community Center on San Pablo Avenue near Belmont Avenue in central Fresno to show children how to maintain a vegetable garden to serve as the foundation for a healthy cooking class.
The text number for each of the projects is 35350. Text HIGHWAY to that number for the Highway City project; HOLMES for the Holmes Playground project; and TEDCWILLS for the Wills Center project. Votes may be subject to message and data charges. Votes can also be cast daily at www.nrpa.org/BeInspired. Voting ends April 30.