It’s down to the nitty-gritty in a contest to see which of three Fresno parks will receive a $20,000 grant.
We refer to an email received Monday from city of Fresno spokesman Mark Standriff that provides details about the competition.
“This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association and Disney are collaborating to revitalize parks across the U.S., including a park right here in Fresno.
“Through Parks Build Community — an initiative that gives back to these places that shape so much of our lives — one of three of our local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Fresno residents get to choose which one.
“We’ve entered the final push for voting, and one of these three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant:
“• Ted C. Wills Educational Garden will function with two purposes in our community 1) to educate the youth between the ages 8-14 on how to tend and maintain a garden plot and 2) ... serve as the foundation for a healthy cooking class that would be taught by staff that were trained by Jamie Oliver’s cooking school.
“• Highway City Neighborhood Center/ Life and Environment Science (LES) program provides informal hands-on learning opportunities that increase awareness and interest in our natural world through field trips, activities, and presentations.
“• Chandler Park (is) one of the oldest playgrounds in the city with a metal slide (and) old picnic tables, and the paint on the basketball court is practically gone. This project will renovate the park by removing the old playground and planting trees, replacing old basketball court with a multi-court for basketball and volleyball and buying new picnic tables.
“The campaign ends this Thursday, April 30 at midnight.”
We urge readers to visit www.NRPA.org/BeInspired and vote before the deadline.