It takes only a few minutes of your time to help the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities revitalize an East End park and give kids a new place to play. All you need to do is visit www.SpriteSparkParks.com and vote for Richmond’s Ethel Bailey Furman Park to help the city win a $15,000 grant to refurbish the park’s basketball courts.
The city of Richmond is one of 25 communities selected by Sprite and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the Sprite Spark Parks Project, which will provide grants to revamp basketball courts located in public parks throughout the nation. The amount of each community’s grant funding will be determined by the number of votes it receives by May 31.
“The 10 parks with the most votes will receive $15,000,” said Dr. Norman Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “We could use this funding to resurface and reline the park’s two courts and put up new goal posts.”
Ethel Bailey Furman Park is located on North 28th Street in the East End and is named for the first African-American woman to practice architecture in Virginia. The courts are adjacent to George Mason Elementary School.
“We estimate that every year thousands of kids from the school and the community would use these courts once they are refurbished, so please go online and vote,” said Merrifield. “Anyone can vote, and you can vote once every day through May 31. If you use a computer every day, we encourage you to set a reminder to vote every day after you log in,” he said.
Visitors to www.SpriteSparkParks.com can vote for Ethel Bailey Furman Park in three different ways: by submitting the Sprite codes found on Sprite and Sprite Zero Fridge Pack™, 20-pack, 24-pack, 20 oz. and 2-liter products; by using My Coke Rewards points; or by entering Richmond’s special promotional code (SPRITEPARKRICH) when you don’t have a Sprite code or My Coke Rewards points.