Meet Me At The Park - 2018 Play Spaces Grants

Recorded On: 01/30/2018

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Thanks to a grant from The Walt Disney Company, NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the Park program to offer play space grants for a second year. This webinar will assist potential applicants who want to learn more about NRPA's exciting grant opportunity that invites park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families.  The 25 agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas will receive grants of $30,000 each to build their projects that will improve access to outdoor play. 

Marla Collum

Senior Manager of Programs, National Recreation and Park Association

Marla Collum  works closely with park and recreation agencies administering NRPA’s initiatives and grant programs. Marla serves as a primary point of contact for applicants and grantees throughout the grant process on several programs, offering assistance, advice and best practices to park and recreation agencies. Prior to joining NRPA in 2013, Marla was Grants Manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as the Historic Review Officer of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department from 1998-2008. Marla has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Eastern Michigan University. 

Rachel Banner

Director of Park Access

National Recreation and Park Association

Rachel Banner leads the 10-Minute Walk Campaign at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where she designs strategy and manages a team to deliver training, technical assistance, grants, research, evaluation and communications to ensure park professionals have the tools to improve communities through equitable access to quality parks. Rachel received her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts University and her BS in Exercise Science from Elon University, both focused on health equity, chronic disease prevention and the built environment.

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