Two local efforts — one to restore a watershed, the other to build a skatepark — are on the ballot in the national A Community Thrives contest. Each effort stands to win $100,000.
A Community Thrives is a contest sponsored by the USA Today Network, which awards grants to community projects selected by voters. Contestants could win $50,000 or $100,000.
Carpenters Creek and its surrounding watershed have been identified by local officials as an area in dire need of restoration. There are numerous efforts underway aimed at restoring the impaired watershed, and now local environmental nonprofit Emerald Coastkeeper has entered the A Community Thrives contest in hopes of snagging $100,000 more to put toward the restoration work.
The Blake Doyle Community Park, planned for a plot of city-owned land underneath the interstate will feature a skatepark and other amenities such as a jogging path and community garden. While the city of Pensacola has green-lighted the use of the property, the nonprofit Upward Intuition entered this project in the contest in an effort to secure funds needed for the park’s construction.
Beginning April 12, people can vote for their favorite projects. The voting period runs through May 12, and people can vote one time each day within that period.
For information regarding the Blake Doyle Community Park, click here.