Templeton is vying for $50,000 from soft drink maker Pepsi to improve Evers Sports Park.
The Templeton Recreation Foundation — the nonprofit fundraising arm for the Templeton Community Service District’s recreation department — submitted the park as one of 1,000 ideas in the Pepsi Refresh Project in which people vote online for the cause they think deserves grant money each month.
PepsiCo Inc. offers 11 opportunities for the public to win grants, from $5,000 to $250,000 throughout the year. It accepts about 1,000 applications per month.
Templeton has until Tuesday to get into the Top 10 listing to win. August’s 10 winners will be announced Wednesday.
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The grant money would bring a children’s playground to the park and a walking path between the two dugouts where Templeton’s soccer and softball youth teams play. The group has the costs of doing this itemized to $50,000.
“The value of it is to keep the kids safely distracted while their friends or siblings play sports,” said Sarah Botts, Templeton recreation department coordinator.
“And if a play structure increases physical activity, then that’s all the better.”
Templeton’s idea started out as No. 363 and climbed to No. 71 by Wednesday evening, according to www.refresheverything.com.
Hundreds of people use the community park: Templeton’s youth soccer program services more than 500 kids; its girls softball program has 150 participants; the community Easter Egg Hunt event attracts about 250; and the August Summer Movie Night program brings in 200 to 300.
Templeton is competing against other ideas designed to make a positive impact on communities. They include teaching care providers at mental health facilities how to use music therapy with karaoke in Reidsville, N.C., and creating a student-run comic book to help teach science in Port Orange, Fla.
The Templeton foundation is the only group to participate in San Luis Obispo County in August, according to a search of the site.
If the Templeton idea wins, the plan would add a playground and drainage, and wood chips with rubber curbing would be placed around the play area, which would be fenced in. The wheelchair-friendly walking path would stretch from the parking lot to the farthest field. All projects must be implemented within a year of winning the cash.
If the foundation doesn’t win, the playground would have to wait, Botts said. The foundation’s primary goal is to raise money to build a basketball gym, but the playground is on its wish list.
How to vote
Vote for Templeton’s idea by text messaging ‘101435’ to ‘73774’; by going to www.refresheverything.com/eversparkimprovement; and by visiting Pepsi’s Facebook.com and Twitter.com pages. You can vote for up to 10 causes once daily.