City of Eureka 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

Eureka, CA, June 11, 2019 – City of Eureka 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.

City of Eureka will use the $30,000 grant to transform Clara May Berry Park into “The BEE a Reader Sensory Playground”, a new inclusive playground with conservation and literacy play themes for those with cognitive disabilities which will include equipment such as rockers, climbers, spinners and a safety fence. This park project will include many volunteer opportunities and will be seeking community involvement in the coming months, stay tuned!

“Improving our parks throughout Eureka is about shaping the future of our community.  Although Clara May Berry Park is a small park, its potential impact is BIG!” said Donna Wood, Deputy Director Community Services. “This will be the first public play space in Eureka geared towards sensory learners, allowing kids of all abilities to play side by side.  And using bee themed active play as a teaching tool will inspire respect for our environment and educate families about the impact of day to day habits.”

“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.”

For more information about this project, visit

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit

Check the status of the park and see images of its updates by following this link.

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The City of Eureka Community Services Department’s mission is to provide for and enhance the quality of life and spirit of the community with a wide variety of recreational programs and services.  The department consists of Parks, Trails, Harbor & Marina, Facility Maintenance, Sequoia Park Zoo, Environmental Programs, C.A.P.E., Eureka Golf Course, and Recreation Divisions. Visit us on Facebook: or website:

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

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