The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a citywide drive to earn nationwide recognition for Lakeside Park.


The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a citywide drive to earn nationwide recognition for Lakeside Park.
Anne Hassler, CVB director, announced last week Lakeside Park would be included in Coca-Cola’s “America is Your Park” campaign. Individuals can vote for their favorite parks included in the campaign, with the winning community receiving a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola.
Anyone can vote by visiting livepositively.com/parks and searching for McPherson. Voting online through the website earns Lakeside Park one vote, while checking in with the Foursquare application on a mobile phone from the park earns 100 votes. Individuals are encouraged to vote multiple times each day.
Voting in the contest ends July 15, after which the three parks with the most votes will receive grants. The first place-winning park will receive a $100,000 grant, while second place will receive a grant worth $50,000 and third place a grant worth $25,000. In addition, a wild-card grant worth $15,000 will be issued to a randomly-chosen park that does not place in the top three.
Hassler said Monday Lakeside Park had not yet been added to the list of those that could be voted for, but said it would be included by Wednesday. She said Steinert Sanctuary, another park listed in McPherson on the website, is not the same as Lakeside Park.