By Debra J. Groom
Do you know where all your city parks are located?
Well, city officials hope a new contest beginning today will get everyone more acquainted with the 14 beautiful parks the city offers.
Called Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt, the contest consists of a medallion being hidden somewhere in one of the city’s parks.
To find the medallion, residents must read The Valley News beginning with today’s edition.
In it somewhere will be an advertisement with the logo for Friends of Fulton Parks (the logo looks like a hand print — see a photo of it on Page 3). Next to the logo will be a clue to where the medallion is hidden.
If no one finds the medallion after Clue 1 in today’s paper, another clue will be published in an ad in the paper coming out Saturday, April 12. If the medallion still is not found, another clue will be found in an ad in the paper of Wednesday, April 16. The final clue will run in an ad in The Valley News on Saturday, April 19.
A photograph of the medallion appears with this news article. To help out, there also is a map showing where all the city parks are located.
The person who finds the medallion will win $150. But, if that person is a Valley News subscriber, he or she will pick up $250.
Kelley Weaver, a member of the Friends of Fulton Parks organization, said she came up with the idea for the contest when she was thinking about all the beauty and fun the parks have to offer.
“People usually know their one park – the one they like or the one in their neighborhood,” she said. “But what about all the others. Let’s think out of the box, people!”
The Fulton parks are scattered throughout the city. Three – Bullhead Point, Recreation Park and Indian Point – are on the water. Ten have playgrounds. One is simply a serene place to sit on a bench and gaze at the garden. One honors our veterans.
“The more I thought about it, I could tell a few things,” Weaver said. “People do care and value these parks but I also found a lot of people don’t know where they all are.”
Friends of Fulton Parks is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. It does not receive funding from the city of Fulton and instead, operates on donations and what is brought in through fundraisers.
“We have an ongoing ‘Five-for-Five’ fundraiser where you can donate $5 to the park of your choice and have your name written on a handprint at that park,” Weaver said. “We also have a big community event coming up April 27 at Tavern on the Lock.”
Weaver said Friends of Fulton Parks has a “good relationship with the city and collaborates with the Department of Parks and Recreation on functions at the parks.
In conjunction with the medallion, Friends of Fulton Parks is running another contest for smaller playground prizes.
Each day, a park will be featured. Check out The Valley News website at valleynewsonline.com to see which park it is.
Go to that park and find a colorful stone with the park’s name on it. There will be a new park featured for 10 days.
Collect all 10 park stones and you can win a prize. There will be 20 stones in each park, so there could be 20 winners.
All prizes — including the large cash award — will be presented at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.
Medallion Contest Rules
There is only one medallion.
You do not have to climb anything, dig in the dirt or take anything apart to find the medallion.
You should not have to harm any part of the park to find the medallion.
If you find it, immediately call 402-7431, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an awards ceremony for prizes at about 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park.
The person who finds the medallion will win $150 if he or she is not a Valley News subscriber. If the winner does have a Valley News subscription, he or she will win $250.
Keep your eye on The Valley News website (valleynewsonline.com) and The Valley News Facebook page for announcements on whether the medallion has been found.