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Want to help your family’s favorite park get a $100,000 grant?

Posted by on May. 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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Coca-Cola is calling people out to their favorite park to vote this summer in the third-annual "America Is Your Park" campaign.

We asked 50 moms to become "ambassadors" for their favorite hometown park and rally their community to vote for their favorite park to become "America's Favorite Park."  CafeMom treated the moms to a $25 American Express gift card to enjoy a fun day at the park with their family.  While they were there, we asked them to vote for their favorite park at  Each time they checked in at their park, via Facebook, they earned 100 extra votes.  We also asked the moms to share their efforts with they family, friends and community.  We've asked them to share their thoughts and experience here with you.

Check out what our moms are saying:

"I have been voting for Lake Eola every day, it would be amazing if they could win this grant! I have shared on Facebook the joys of Lake Eola and urged my friends to join in!" - MomToove

"Our favorite park is Cunningham Falls State Park. We go to this park multiple times a year and it's a huge part of our life. I have already voted for my park multiple times!" - la_bella_vita

"I AM VOTING FOR ROCHE PARK EVERYDAY!!  I feel it should be the choice for the America's Favorite Park." - lifeisajoy

Last year, park supporters cast more than 13 million votes for their favorite parks. The winner? Oak Park in the small town of Minot, ND! The secret to their success was community action! Everyone in Minot got involved and campaigned for Oak Park. They held events in the park, mobilized through online communities, got hometown celebrities involved and voted non-stop.

Want to help your family's favorite park get a $100,000 grant?  Tell us which park you would vote for and why, then go vote at ends July 15th so hurry.

>< The CafeMom Team


CafeMom gives moms an opportunity to try our advertisers' products. In return, we ask our moms to share their true experiences and honest opinions. To learn how you can be an influencer, click here.

by on May. 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

how cool..cant wait to read the reviews

by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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I got picked as an ambassador by cafemom to go on to to vote for my favorite park and to recieve a $25 gift card. I will be using the gift card to pick up a few fun things for the kids for all the time we spend at the park during the summer. We spend a lot of time at the park and are so happy to be a part of this.

I was suprised to see a few parks from my town listed and picked one that is in the middle of town and used for so many things in our town. It is used during round up for booths, for our ice skating rink in the winter, summer movies, a tractor show, and so many other wonderful things. I will be voting for it and sharing to try to get more people in my town to vote. It is not the park we go to most, the one we go to is a tiny one a few blocks away that takes up only half a block. We have so many wonderful parks in our town, it is something I really love about it here.


by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I was so excited to get this, we were actually JUST at the park that is the local one and saw baby geese, we actually spend a lot of time here. I'll be voting a whole bunch for this park! Thank coca-cola and cafemom! 

BTW the park is called Masconomo Park, part of the reason we moved from the big city to this area is the accesibilty of this parks and ones like it in the area. They always have something fun going on, there are always kids and the town keeps it looking wonderful! :) 

by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

 What a wonderful opportunity.   Thank you cafemom and Coca-Cola for this opportunity.  I actually choose a park that is not one of the closest but one that we go to more often.  I'm a mom of 2 busy boys and over the years their interest at the parks have changed.   So the one I picked has baseball fields, picnic area, a playground and a great walking and bike path.   With summer break starting in a couple days I know we will be spending more afternoons at the park. 

We spend part of the weekend at the park enjoying a walk, the kids played on the playground, walked along the waters edge,  we had a picnic and the boys played catch. 


by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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Thank-you to cafemom and Coca-cola company for this opportunity. My name is Colleen and as a Mom to 6 we love to go to the parks.I live in Orlando fl.The park I chose is Engelwood park.It has been here for many years.My dh grew up just blocks from it.It is very spacious.There are lots of things to do.They have swings,slides,merry go round and monkey bars.There are also picnic tables and grills.My son's first birthday(he is now 15) was held here.This park has lots of memories for me.My parents and my inlaws were all here for my sons party.They have all passed now and when I go there its almost like I can still feel them there.My kids love going to this park and having fun.There are plenty of shade trees.But it does need a bathroom.Lol.I hope they can win and use the winnings to add one.There are lots of children who enjoy going here.Its not too far for us to travel and its a good way to spend some time having fun with our kids.

by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

 Thank you Cafemom and Coca-Cola for choosing us for this opportunity! We are a huge nature family! We frequent parks multiple times a week and they are a huge part of our life. We camp, we hike, we picnic and we take the kid's just to play. We live in Maryland at the foot of the Catoctinmountains. We have four kids: Two girls and two boys! They are 5, 3, 2 and 8 months. We also have a 2 year old dog. Our favorite park is Cunningham Falls State Park. We live 20 minutes from this park. We go to this park multiple times a year and it's a huge part of our life. I voted for this park because it is our family's favorite. It has a waterfall, hiking trails, lake with a beach, camp grounds and a park to play at. This park is special because it's the place where all of my children have been on their first camping trips. My husband and I took our first camping trip as husband and wife there. And I remember coming here as a child with my grandparents. I think our park should win because it's beautiful, it's amazing and it has something for everything! Our children adore this place! It also is close by the famous Appalachiantrail. We use this park for day trips to the lake, to hike and to play at the park. We camp here as well. I have already voted for my park multiple times and I have encouraged my friends and family to vote as well! So many people I know love this park. I think this program is awesome! I plan to use facebook and word of mouth to spread the word about this opportunity.


by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Hi my name is Tab and my choice is Roche Park in Meadville, PA.  I have a son who is 19 yrs old and my husband.  We have 2 dogs and 2 cats.  We love Roche Park for it is only 1 mile away from our home.  It has a nice path, a couple nice picnic areas, and is kept up nice.  We walk and stroll on the path a lot- for my son has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair.  We take the dogs a lot --it is nice walking area for them.  We have gone to functions such as had my son's birthday party there, they had a fun day there with music, games, and food.  I have voted for my park and put it on face book. I AM VOTING FOR ROCHE PARK EVERYDAY!!  I feel it should be the choice for the Americas Favorite Park.  What would be wonderful there if it was choosen is to have some accessible playground equipment for children and adults with special needs-such as swings that my son could swing on-for the closest playground in our area is 40 minutes away that my son can swing on the accessible swing.  It would also be nice have other adaptable equipment for children with special needs there.  It does have a nice playground but my son is not able or have not able to throughout the years play on it.  They have a lot of functions there for programs and organizations for children and adults such as my son and other children with special needs that I feel would be great for it!!  PICTURE of my son at Park coming SOON!!  

I feel Roche Park in Meadville PA should be America's Favorite Park!!!

by on Jun. 7, 2012 at 7:54 AM

 That is really great! I look forward to reading about them. I went on the website and voted for one of our local parks:)

by on Jun. 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Cool, this one sounds great, we go to several parks a week and I definately have some favorites.

by on Jun. 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I live in new Bedford MA and my 5 children love to go to Buttonwood park. Our children are 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8. They love the zoo that is in this park!

Buttonwood is about 12 minutes from my home. There are beautiful gardens and Japanese cherry trees at this park. These is also a pond which you can watch ducks, swans and Geese swim in. There is also a beautiful zoo in the park. It is a great place for the family to go to. Lots of things to see and lots of things to do. We like to spend time together here and visit with the ducks.

I think this place should be Americas favorite park because of how much historic things there are to see. There also are many things to do and see. I will post pics as soon as I can.

I have been twice now for my families park and we also have been telling people around here about the coke program. I am realy hoping that this park gets to make it as Americas park!

Here are some pics from teh web untill I can get up family pics up.

ZOO link

Park link

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