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AMERICA’S FAVORITE PARK

And the winner is... Veterans Memorial Park

This summer, thousands of you got active on behalf of your favorite parks. And thanks to you, Veterans Memorial Park in Moore, Oklahoma won the title of “America’s Favorite Park” with more than 400,000 votes and 16,000 hours of activity.

You rallied around Veterans Memorial Park and nearly 12,000 others to make the America Is Your Park campaign a huge success. And in the end, four lucky parks won grants to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas where people can play and be active.

Veterans Memorial Park won a $100,000 recreation grant that will be used to help rebuild a playground after it was destroyed by a tornado earlier this year. The park leapt to the top of the leaderboard when other communities, including previous grant winners whose parks were also damaged by natural disasters, rallied around it. They organized voting drives at local events and engaged celebrities to encourage voting. 

“Recovering from the tornado has been difficult, but the rebuilding efforts have strengthened our community and brought us all closer together,” said Todd Jenson, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Moore. “The support and love our town received from all over the country is overwhelming. Thanks to Coca-Cola and everyone who voted, we can rebuild Veterans Memorial Park and new memories.”  

People logged daily fitness activities, attended field day events, and had good old-fashioned fun outdoors on behalf of national, state and local parks this summer. All of this active, healthy fun amounted to more than 72,000 hours of activity and more than 1.4 million votes.

Now that you’ve gotten a jump start to an active, healthy lifestyle, keep it going. “Take It To The Park” year round and keep on showing your parks the love!

OTHER WINNERS

These parks also won big:

  2ND PLACE - $50,000

Mason Neck State Park
Lorton, VA

 

  3RD PLACE - $25,000

Greis Veterans Memorial Park
Lynbrook, NY

 

  WILDCARD WINNER1 - $15,000

Woodlawn Lake Park
San Antonio, TX

 

TOP 25 PARKS
 

  RANK PARK                                                                                         
  1 VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK  Moore, OK
  2 MASON NECK STATE PARK  Lorton, VA
  3 GREIS VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK  Lynbrook, NY
  4 THOMPSON PARK  East Liverpool, OH
  5 ELDRIDGE PARK  Elmira, NY
  6 RANCHO JURUPA PARK  Jurupa Valley, CA
  7 CENTRAL PARK GRAND PRAIRIE  Grand Prairie, TX
  8 RIVERSIDE PARK  New London, CT
  9 MILL CREEK PARK  Youngstown, OH
  10 BLUE SPRING STATE PARK  Orange City, FL
  11 LAKE EOLA PARK  Orlando, FL
  12 WOODLAWN LAKE PARK  San Antonio, TX - WILDCARD
  13 HORSESHOE LAKE PARK  Succasunna, NJ
  14 LEWIS COUNTY PARK  Weston, WV
  15 STANSBURY PARK  Dundalk, MD
  16 PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK Ontonagon, MI
  17 HARPER PARK  Stanley, NC
  18 STAFFORD CITY PARK  Stafford, KS
  19 FRISCO PARK  Armory, MS
  20 SOUTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK  Roscommon, MI
  21 OAK PARK  Montgomery, AL
  22 FULTON PARK  Waterbury, CT
  23 INDEPENDENCE PARK  Chicago, IL
  24 KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE RESORT STATE PARK  Gilbertsville, KY
  25 OJIBWAY ISLAND  Saginaw, MI
2ND PLACE
$50,000
3RD PLACE
$25,000
WILDCARD1
$15,000
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  Mason Neck State Park
Lorton, VA
Greis Veterans Memorial Park
Nassau, NY
Woodlawn Lake Park
San Antonio, TX
  2ND PLACE
$50,000
3RD PLACE
$25,000
WILDCARD1
$15,000
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  Mason Neck State Park
Lorton, VA
Greis Veterans Memorial Park
Nassau, NY
Woodlawn Lake Park
San Antonio, TX

 

2ND PLACE
$50,000
  • 1 The wildcard winner was randomly selected from the parks that finished between 4th and 25th place on the leaderboard after the voting was certified. The random selection was conducted using the third-party contest administrator’s proprietary technology.