The National Park Foundation, in partnership with Coca-Cola, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association, recently launched the second annual “America Is Your Park” campaign.
The three parks that receive the most votes by September 6th will be awarded recreation grants, made possible by the Coca-Cola “Live Positively” initiative, in the following amounts:
First Place - $100,000
Second Place - $50,000
Third Place - $25,000
There are several ways people can vote between now and September 6th:
1. Click on their favorite park at LivePositvely.com and vote
2. Upload photos of themselves in their favorite park to LivePositvely.com
3. Starting August 10th, they can upload video of themselves in their favorite park to LivePositvely.com
4. Starting July 11th, people also can vote by checking into a park using Facebook Places
There is no limit on the amount of times you can vote.
Right now, after about a week of voting, the Great Smoky Mountains is in third place. Little Ocmulgee State Park out of Georgia is in second, which was also a park that was among the top vote getters last year. In first place, and with a commanding lead, is Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Minnesota. Coincidentally, it was Bear Head Lake State Park, literally just down the road from Soudan Mines, that came out of nowhere last year to take the $100,000 grant and upset the front-running Smokies.
For the next two months fans of the Smoky Mountains will have their work cut out for them.....