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Vote for Gwinnett's top park, win grant money for location

In this file photo, University of Georgia rowers practice at Ft. Yargo State Park. (Photo by: Jason Braverman)

In this file photo, University of Georgia rowers practice at Ft. Yargo State Park. (Photo by: Jason Braverman)

ATLANTA -- June is National Great Outdoors Month, and Georgia's State Park system is asking people to vote for America's Best Park for a chance to win a $100,000 grant for outdoor recreation.

The national contest is part of Coca-Cola's America is Your Park campaign, which encourages families to get active outdoors. Anyone can vote for their favorite local park online at www.coke.com/parks through July 15.

"We know that Georgians are passionate about their favorite state parks, and we're asking for their help," said State Parks Director Becky Kelley. "E-mail your friends, post links on Facebook and send out Tweets. Better yet, use foursquare because it earns more votes every time you check in. A little support from a lot of people can help one or more of Georgia's State Parks win this national contests."

The campaign will award $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 grants to the top three ranking parks in the country. A fourth park will be chosen at random from the remaining top 25 to win a $15,000 grant. Georgians can vote as often as they wish at www.coke.com/parks until July 15, and checking in with foursquare earns 100 votes.

The more people are active outdoors the more votes they earn for their favorite park. To encourage more activity outdoors, votes will be doubled on the first day of summer (June 21) and the last weekend of voting (July 13 and 14).

Voting methods include:

-- Earn 10 votes each day by logging at least 20 minutes of physical activity using mapmyfitness.com.

-- Earn five votes per day by "checking in" at a park via foursquare.

-- Earn one vote by registering online at www.coke.com/parks and voting with a computer or smartphone.

-- From staff reports