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Mayor Fischer Accepts $10,000 Park Improvement Grant from Sprite

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined Louisville Metro Parks officials today in accepting a $10,000 grant from Sprite that will go toward refurbishing the basketball court at Portland Park. The park received the grant based on votes it earned through the national Sprite Spark Parks Project, a joint program between Sprite and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

With the help of the NRPA, Sprite identified 25 basketball courts to refresh in key markets across the country. The courts, which are located in public parks and recreation centers throughout the nation, received various levels of support based on the number of votes they received through May 31. Portland Park received just over 26,000 votes, placing it in the second tier winners group, and earning the $10,000 prize.

“Basketball courts in our public parks are among the best places teens can go to be physically active, improve their health and have fun with friends,” said Fischer. “We’re very grateful for the generous support of corporate partners like Sprite, and thank them for their investment in community improvements.”

Metro Parks will use the grant money to repave and restripe the basketball court, provide new steel backboards, rims and heavy duty nets, as well as some landscaping improvements and related amenities surrounding the court.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported Portland Park in the Sprite Spark Parks Project,” said Roy Potts, Director of Public Affairs & Communications with Coca-Cola Refreshments. “The court will soon be a more fun place to play and we can’t wait to see our young local basketball players using it to hone their skills.”

Portland Park, located at 31st Street and Northwestern Parkway in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, is a four and a half acre park which offers not only a basketball court, but a playground, sprayground, picnic shelter, and the adjacent Portland Community Center.

Sprite Spark Parks Project voting is now closed, but people can still help support other public parks and recreational facilities by donating through NRPA’s public engagement initiative at

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system employees. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at

About National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit