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Children enjoy a slide in Potter Park. Photo courtesy Sarasota County NEWS BRIEFS Sarasota County's Potter Park has been selected for Heart Your Park, "a national program with local reach that partners Macy's with the National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA)," the county has announced in a news release. The program, which runs through March 31, aims to raise awareness and funds for local parks across the country, the release points out. Customers at the Macy's store in Westfield Southgate Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the money bene- fiting Potter Park, the release adds. To further "spread the love," Macy's will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000, the release notes. POTTER PARK SELECTED FOR NATIONAL MACY'S PROGRAM "Potter Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that was selected by Macy's Heart Your Park program in collaboration with NPRA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of commu- nity parks, recreation and conservation," the release explains. "We are thrilled to partner with Macy's and NRPA for Heart Your Park," said Carolyn Brown, director of the Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Department, in the release. "Potter Park is one of the most popular fami- ly-oriented parks in our system, so increased awareness and additional funding for Potter Park is a real plus for the community."

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