City of Riverside Ward 1 Update

Mike Gardner
City Council Member - Ward 1
Office: 826-5991
Cell: 941-7084

Hello All,

Below please find an important message from the City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department:




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Erica Green

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City with the most nominations wins a grant for a local park through

park improvement campaign


Riverside, CA 2017 – This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.


Local parks make Riverside a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature—and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Riverside residents will have the opportunity to nominate our city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.


By visiting, park supporters can nominate our city. At the end of April, the city with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. New this year, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.


Adolfo Cruz, Director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department states, “The City of Riverside emphasizes family, friends, and community.  Parks make a community a better place to live now and in the future.  They provide spaces for children to play and be active, areas to exercise, gather and enjoy the outdoors.  We ask that you nominate the City of Riverside to receive this grant to improve our local parks.  Parks enrich our lives. Individually and as a community we will always have that need. Meet us at the park!”


“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects in communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”


During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.


This Earth Month, Riverside can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great city. Encourage your friends to nominate our city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.


For more information and to nominate your city, visit





Recreation Supervisor

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

6927 Magnolia Ave. Second Floor, 92506

p. 951.826.2230 | f. 951.826.2005

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