The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Niagara Bottling recently announced the 2023 recipients of their Perk Your Park Project grants. After a nationwide call for entries and selection of nine finalists, the greater Atlanta, San Antonio, and Los Angeles areas will receive $75,000 each to improve parks in their communities.
The grants will fund renovations at Fowler Field Park in Douglasville, Georgia, Max Starcke Park in Seguin, Texas, and Las Flores Park in La Verne, California. Planned improvements include adding a rain garden, upgrading storm drainage, and enhancing accessibility and sensory play spaces.
Since 2016, the Perk Your Park Project has helped reinvigorate 17 parks across the U.S. by supporting upgrades and increased access in under-resourced neighborhoods. The collaboration between NRPA and Niagara Bottling aims to encourage healthy lifestyles by enhancing vibrant, family-friendly outdoor recreation spaces.
“At Niagara, giving back to communities is central to our mission,” said Ann Canela, Niagara’s director of corporate giving. “The Perk Your Park Project allows us to renew cherished local parks so more children and families can enjoy them.”
This year's winning parks were selected through immense community participation, with over 80,000 online submissions counted. The support of local residents was crucial to making the 2023 Perk Your Park Project a success.
More information about the program, including contest rules and eligibility, is available at NiagaraPerkYourPark.com.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this vision by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit parksandrecreation.org.
Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Headquartered in Diamond Bar, Calif., Niagara operates bottling facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. As a leading beverage manufacturer in the U.S., Niagara Bottling works closely with some of the largest beverage brands, retailers, grocers, and club and convenience stores throughout the country. Niagara produces a variety of beverages including bottled water, sparkling, vitamin and flavored water, teas, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, protein drinks, and non-dairy milk products. For more information, visit niagarawater.com.
Niagara Cares is the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, LLC, and is the heart of what we do and who we are. We believe in supporting the communities where we live and work through a spirit of giving back in ways both big and small. Making a meaningful difference for our Team Members, consumers and communities through volunteering, product donations, disaster relief and other actions has been our priority for over 60 years. For more information, visit niagarawater.com/niagara-cares.