MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS STORIFY ON THE LOCAL PARK CONTEST WHICH HAS VIDEOS,PHOTOS, TWEETS AND MORE: https://storify.com/mercfit4life/help-a-tri-county-park-win-10-000
By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
People visiting their favorite park this month should capture the moment with a photo to help it win up to $10,000 for improvements.
Photos are one of three ways people can vote for the park of their choice in a local contest that results in thousands of dollars for the top contenders.
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation began the 2nd annual “On Your Park, Get Set, Go!” contest on July 1. The month-long competition was inspired by the national Coca-Cola Co. campaign “America is Your Park.”
Hickory Park of New Hanover was the winner of last year’s contest and 14 local parks have entered the contest this year for another chance at the grand prize. Tri-county area residents have only two weeks left to vote for their favorite park with the competition ending July 31. Pineland Park of Exeter and Hollenbach Park of Upper Pottsgrove are currently going back and forth for the lead spot with over 9,000 votes for each.
“The purpose of the contest is to inspire community members to get out to their parks and enjoy the public space as a community,” said Ashley Pultorak, the foundation’s program officer for schools, recreation and active living.
In addition to helping their favorite park win money, parents that capture their children being physically active at the park can enter the free Fit Kids for Life Contest. Up to three children can win the contest. Winners get their photo in The Mercury, a Schuylkill Valley Sports gift card and a T-shirt. Send photos of your child doing a park fitness activity such as swinging, playing sports and climbing the jungle gym to the email firstname.lastname@example.org with the child’s first name, age and town. The deadline to submit photos is noon on July 31. For more about the contest, visit the Fit for Life website pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com.
Pultorak said the foundation hopes the On Your Park contest helps people recognize the value of local parks and incorporate them in their daily routine.
The foundation will give the first place winner a $10,000 recreation grant. The runner-up will receive $7,500 and the third place winner gets a $5,000 grant. The remaining parks of the contest will be entered into a drawing for a $2,500 grant.
Residents have three ways to add votes toward their favorite park. Each park entered in the contest will have several signs displayed with QR scan codes. Visitors can use a mobile device to scan the code for 10 votes except on Saturdays when a scan is worth 20 votes. People can also take a selfie photo at their favorite park, then either email it to OnYourPark@gmail.com or upload it to the Mission Healthy Living Facebook page at Facebook.com/MissionHealthyU. The photo caption and email subject line should have the name of the park being visited. Selfie photos are worth 10 votes. The third voting option is to like the Mission Healthy Living Facebook then go to the “parks contest” tab on the page. A list of parks entered in this year’s contest will appear and a click for any park is worth two votes.
Residents can also donate money directly to their favorite park through the contest. People can visit the websitewww.firstgiving.com/402563/on-your-park-get-set-go-2015 to donate and the foundation will match it dollar for dollar up to $2,000.
Below is the full list of the 14 parks participating in this year’s contest and features of each.
This park has baseball fields, a one-mile walking trail, 18-hole disc golf course, playground and a pool. The park is located on South Madison Street. For more information about this park, visit www.boyertownborough.org.
This park has a community pool, children’s playground area, basketball courts, tennis courts, gazebo and plenty of parking. The park is located around the intersection of Brown Street and S. Wall Street. For more information about this park, visit springcitypa.gov.
This park includes a playground, pavilion with picnic tables and an athletic field. The park is located at 2320 Pottstown Pike which is right across from the Shoppes at Pughtown. For more information about this park, visit southcoventry.org.
This park includes a walking trail, baseball field with concession stand, soccer fields, tennis court, basketball court, pavilions and more. The park is located at 1320 E. Philadelphia Avenue in Gilbertsville behind the township building. For more information about this park visitdouglasstownship.org.
Park amenities include a playground, nature trails with several bird species, a gravel loop, basketball court, pickleball court and more. The park is located at 855 Ellis Woods Road. For more information about this park visit eastcoventry-pa.gov.
This park includes soccer fields, nature trails, connections to other trails in the area and more. The park’s address is 1370 N. Hanover St., Pottstown which is near Mochariuk Meadows. For more information about this park, visit www.upperpottsgrovetownship.org.
This park is 63 acres and has athletic fields, paved walking trail, pond for fishing, disc golf course and more. The park is located around the intersection of Scherfel Boulevard and Park Avenue. For more information about this park visit northcoventrytownship.com.
This park is near the Perkiomen Creek and the Perkiomen Trail. It includes a playground, open space, picnic pavilion, rain garden and more. The park is located directly behind the Schwenksville Fire Company and the address is 300 Main St. in Schwenksville. For more information about this park, visit schwenksville-pa.org.
This park includes a water splash park, baseball fields, walking/running trail, skate park, a dog bark park , playground, pavilion and more. The park has several special events planned for July. There will be a Wednesday Nights in the Park concert series as well as a outdoor Zumba fitness class 7 p.m. on July 29. The park is located at 75 W. King Street. For more information about this park visit www.pottstown.org.
This park includes a paved walking/running trail, a roller/deck hockey rink, pavilion, basketball court, softball field, tot lot, Frisbee golf course and more. The park is located at 2766 Gail Drive in New Hanover. For more information about the park, visit www.newhanover-pa.org.
This park includes a baseball complex, picnic pavilion, basketball court, playground, open space and more. The park will host little league games and playoffs during July. The park’s address is 900 Grosstown Rd., Stowe which is right behind the municipal building. For more information about this park, visit www.westpottsgrove.org.
This park includes a baseball field, soccer field, skate park, playground, pavilion and more. The address is 420 Pineland Rd., Birdsboro. It’s located near the intersection of Pineland Road and Laurel Avenue. For more information about this park, visit www.exetertownship.com.
This park includes a lake, playground, baseball field, soccer field, band shell and more. The park will host a summer concert series throughout July. The address is 223 South Sanatoga Rd. For more information about this park, visit www.lowerpottsgrove.org.
This park used to be called the Union Township Recreation Area. This park includes athletic fields, a trail, pavilion and more. The park’s address is 991 E. Main St., Birdsboro. For more about Union Township and its recreation board, visit www.co.berks.pa.us/Muni/Union.