MOORE — Veterans Memorial Park in Moore has emerged as “America’s Favorite Park” with more than 400,000 votes and 16,000 hours of activity logged and will receive a $100,000 recreation grant from the Coca-Cola America Is Your Park campaign to help rebuild activity areas destroyed by a tornado.
Veterans Memorial Park catapulted to the top of the leaderboard when other communities rallied to its support. In a show of solidarity and compassion, previous grant winners and supporters whose parks were also damaged by natural disasters, came together to campaign for Veterans Memorial Park. These communities helped organize online voting drives and engaged celebrities to encourage voting for Veterans Memorial Park. Supporters encouraged fun outdoor activity and posted daily Facebook voting reminders to help the park win the top spot.
“Recovering from the tornado has been difficult, but the rebuilding efforts have strengthened our community and brought us all closer together,” said Todd Jenson, parks and recreation director, City of Moore. “The support and love our town received from all over the country is overwhelming. Thanks to Coca-Cola and everyone who voted, we can start rebuilding Veterans Memorial Park and create new memories.”
Veterans Memorial Park was designed to honor veterans and create spaces for families and people to spend time together. In May, it was heavily damaged by a tornado. Activity spaces include a playground, walking trail and more. A Memorial Plaza recognizes veterans from the five branches of service and a Soldiers’ Memorial honors war heroes.
The grant will be used to purchase a new playground.