The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is launching its second “Worth Saving” Landmarks Contest, asking clinicians to choose between White Rock Lake Park in Dallas, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Olympic National Park outside of Seattle, and Chicagoland’s Illinois Beach State Park.
“Along with your natural teeth, endodontists understand the inherent value of saving things that are meaningful to people,” said AAE president Dr. Keith V. Krell. “We are thrilled to host a contest for the second year in a row that highlights four important natural landmarks throughout the US that are meaningful to so many local citizens and visitors.”
Voting will run through 5 pm PST on April 22, 2020. The landmark with the most votes will receive $20,000 toward its preservation fund and a goal of $30,000 or more in free endodontic services in the city in which it is located. Last year, Boston’s Charles River Esplanade took the award and received $59,000 in free endodontic care.
“We had a tremendous experience being part of AAE’s inaugural landmarks contest last year,” said Michael Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association. “The funds we received to program, enhance, and maintain the park were a fitting way to honor the tenth anniversary of the park being named a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission.”
White Rock Lake Park is located about five miles northeast of downtown Dallas and encompasses more than 2,000 acres of land and water. It offers numerous family destinations around the lake including picnic areas, historic facilities, sailboat marinas, and a 9.33-mile trail system that encircles the lake.
The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located a few miles from downtown Houston and is a 155-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to educating visitors about the natural world and protecting crucial native habitats in the heart of the city. Visitors can walk almost five miles of trails, explore hands-on exhibits in the Nature Center, or attend hundreds of yearly classes and events.
Olympic National Park, located just outside of Seattle, encompasses nearly a million acres and protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems.
The Adeline Jay-Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park offers a full range of recreation opportunities. The 4,160-acre park is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state with dunes and swales, sprawling marshes, oak forests, and arrays of animal life and vegetation.