Based on the last few weeks of voting in Coca-Cola's "Take it to the Park" campaign, it appears Thompson Park most likely will end the contest in fourth place.
We say, proudly, "Well done!"
Supporters of East Liverpool's city park are to be praised for the outstanding dedication to this movement, as is park Superintendent J.C. Blackhurst.
The soda company's nationwide contest officially ended Monday, and as of Monday afternoon, some 1.79 million people cast a vote.
Backers of Thompson Park had totaled 215,236 votes with only 7 hours remaining to participate..
The official announcement won't take place until later this year, but it appears parks in Oklahoma (457,969 votes), Virginia (398,482) and New York (263,474) will finish in the top three positions, guaranteeing themselves recreation grants from Coca-Cola.
Thompson Park, it appears, will be part of those parks that finish in the 4-25 positions that will be part of a random selection to win $15,000.
Yes, we admit, it's a bit disappointing that the city's "hidden jewel" didn't qualify for the automatic funding, but in no way should it deter from the effort those who love the park showed during the contest.
Think about this: Of the 11,955 parks that received votes throughout the nation, our hometown park received the fourth-most votes.
Thompson Park is a family-friendly facility with a wide variety of activities available to Tri-State Area residents. That should be evident by last weekend's musical acts - gospel-based on Saturday and classic rock on Sunday.
As always, we urge those within our communities to take part in park activities, most, of course, being free. Or simply use the park to have a picnic, take a walk or swim with the kids at the pool.
As Coca-Cola's campaign suggests, "go outdoors, get active."