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Roanoke looks to win national parks and recreation award

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The City of Roanoke needs the citizens' help to win $20,000.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will award a city a $20,000 grant for its third annual Meet Me at the Park competition.

During the month of April, people can nominate the city everyday by going to NRPA.org/BeInspired.

"Our main goal is to improve livability and to support our community by delivering beautiful parks and exceptional recreational opportunities," said Michael Clark, director of the City of Roanoke's Department of Parks and Recreation. "If Roanoke is selected, the grant will help us invest in new community-based park improvement projects that enhance quality of life – with a focus on neighborhoods in Northwest and Southeast Roanoke."

The Star City manages 60 parks, five greenways and four plazas including Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, the second largest municipal park in the nation. The parks department is also responsible for more than 2,000 recreation activities, races, after school programs and camps annually.

The NRPA will announce the winner May 18.