Vote Now! Troutman's ESC Park in running for $20K grant

Posted at 7:27 AM on Mar 29, 2017


PHOTOS: Troutman ESC Park recently hosted the Sprint into Spring 5K, 10K and Fun Run.


Troutman ESC Park is vying for a $20,000 prize in the 3rd annual Meet Me At The Park contest. Starting April 1, residents can nominate Troutman once per day during the Earth Month of April at

Throughout the month of April, Troutman residents and those in the surrounding areas who enjoy ESC Park can help their community win this $20,000 grant.

In addition, for each vote you cast, you are entered to win a computer tablet outfitted for the outdoors and perfect for use when exploring ESC Park. The city with the most nominations, as well as the park projects in 15 pre-selected cities with the most votes, will each win a $20,000 grant.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will officially award the grants at the beginning of May.

The grant funding would help expedite development plans at the Troutman park.

“If we were to win the $20,000, it would go towards Phase 2 development at the park, including the amphitheater, the walking trail around the soccer fields, and the splash pad,” said Troutman Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson.

“Parks are of such value to our communities and to each family who uses them. Their support is so important. We are going to push the contest big time and think it’s a big deal for our town and park,” added Watson.

“Our park is our main hub, and that’s where a lot of our events happen. We’d love to make it even better!” said Watson.

For the third year, the NRPA, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Co. (including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN), is holding the Meet Me At The Park contest to help the nation’s municipal parks.

The contest grants help provide 15 pre-selected communities with more resources to improve one local park. Projects that connect kids with nature, promote healthy living and provide access to sports are particularly favored.

In addition, the general public can nominate another American city, in this case Troutman, for the chance to win $20,000 for its local park. The city with the most nominations will be the 16th grant winner.

As the cornerstones of nearly every community, parks serve citizens with places to stay active and promote healthy living while connecting with nature, according to the NRPA. They also serve as a place to gather with family and friends to make memories and have fun, either in free play or competitive activities and sporting events.

How to Vote

Visit ESC Park and take a "parkie" (park selfie) to share on social media to encourage your friends to vote for Troutman! Share it with the hashtags #Parkie #MeetMeAtThePark #BeInspired. Then get online and vote!

The NRPA Meet Me at the Park Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old.

The contest begins on April 1, 2017, at 12 a.m. EDT and ends on April 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Follow the links and instructions outlined on the website ( to nominate Troutman ECS Park once per day throughout April. Voters will receive one sweepstakes entry in the computer tablet drawing for each nomination cast.

Multiple entrants/voters are not permitted to share the same email address.

If you wish to vote but do not have an email address, visit the Troutman Library to get help from staff to set up an individual email address on the library’s computers.

If you do not have internet/email access at home via your own computer or your child’s school computer, you can set up the email on your smartphone and vote for Troutman via your phone’s web browser if you do not have a computer at home.

Voters can also follow the links and instructions outlined on the webpage ( to vote for one of each the pre-selected cities’ three park projects and increase their chances of winning the computer tablet.

Voters will receive one tablet sweepstakes entry for each vote they cast. Citizens can vote for one park project per designated city for a total of 15 additional votes per day during the April contest.

Fifteen communities (Austin, Texas; Brevard County, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Hartford, Conn.; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New York City, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.) have each nominated three parks to vie for $20,000 prizes.

Learn More

To check out last year’s winners and see the grants’ impacts, visit

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