Meet Me At The Park - 2018 Play Spaces Grants

Recorded On: 01/30/2018


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

Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

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