Park still close in Coca Cola competition

EAST LIVERPOOL – The voting for Coca Cola’s “Take it to the Park” recreation grant remains close, with Thompson Park in third place with 93,238 votes as of Wednesday evening.

Voting will continue through July 15 after which Coca Cola will name the top voted park ‘America’s Favorite Park.’ Anyone wanting to vote can do so simply by going to, registering and voting a maximum of once a day.

Foursquare and MapMyFitness offer people an unique and even healthy way to get Thompson Park votes.

Voters should start by visiting and begin registering to vote as one normally would. However, during the registration process specifying that you wish to use either FourSquare or MapMyFitness to vote. Note that you must also create an account with either website if you don’t already have one. Finally you must authorize a link between your FourSquare or MapMyFitness account and

Once you have an account with either site, you no longer have to log on to livepositively to vote, rather you only have to use your MapMyFitness or Foursquare account.

By logging a 20 minute exercise session on MapMyFitness you can get 10 votes for the park or by checking in at your park on Foursquare you can get five.

Park Superintendent JC Blackhurst admitted that the process can be a little complicated but noted that it is worth the effort because it allows you to cast multiple votes.

Thompson park will host “Swarm the Park” July 5 and 12 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the event will be to teach as many people as possible to vote with FourSquare and have a brief group walk showing people how to use MapMyFitness to vote. At 6 p.m. after the event, Megan Beagle will offer Zumba classes at the amphitheater.

Blackhurst says he recently posted an update about upcoming park events to Facebook that reached about 10,000 people.

“If all those people got involved and voted, we would be right in contention to win,” said Blackhurst.

Blackhurst says he is grateful for the outpouring of support and votes Thompson Park has received and hopes it will continue. “I like to thank everyone who voted for their support and everyone who hasn’t please vote and help out the community, the park and help spread a positive message about East Liverpool.”