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Mt. Juliet competes for Disney park grant

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Mt. Juliet residents have the opportunity this month to nominate their city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

In recognition of 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 country for a third year. The city that receives the most nomination will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can nominate Mt. Juliet through April 30. At the end of the month, 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.

"We are always searching for new ways to provide access for citizens to 'Play in MJ,'" Mt. Juliet Parks Director Rocky Lee said. "This grant could go a long way in helping us maintain that focus."

"Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere," NRPA Director of Conservation Lori Robertson said. "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."

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