Meet me at the Park Grant Awarded



Wheeling Park District receives $30,000
'Meet me at the Park’ grant to increase access to local play spaces.

Grant awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company

Wheeling, IL, 7/12/19 ~ Wheeling Park District has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney's combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Part of the national Meet Me at the Park Play Spaces grant program, park and recreation agencies across the country were invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families in their communities. Agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas were chosen to receive $30,000 grants to build their projects.

Wheeling Park District will use the $30,000 grant to continue its Unplug at the Park program and enhance mobile play. Staff will be able to take the park district on the road in a special mobile trailer to parks and locations throughout Wheeling and take registration for all park district programs, play music and transport flexible play equipment.

“We are very excited to have this additional opportunity to promote inclusive play in our village,” said Wheeling Park District Executive Director Jan Buchs. “Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community serving millions of people as the places anyone can go to be active, engage in healthy living, connect with nature and gather together to make memories and have fun.”

"NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play," said Kellie May, NRPA vice president of programs. "By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide unique activities tailored to the local community that support healthy lifestyles."

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The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of over 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit