LINCOLN – Participate in the Great Park Pursuit to get out and experience nature. Also, the people that visit the most parks throughout the state of Nebraska win prizes. Visiting park areas is a great way to practice healthy recreation with family and friends.
The Great Park Pursuit is a free program that encourages people to visit up to 20 official sites around Nebraska. These can be community, regional, state, and federal parks. A team can hold up to ten people. Then, follow the clues online or the clues from the Great Park Pursuit mobile app. These two sources will help participants find the programs posts. They can either use the mobile app to mark their visit, or make a pencil impression of the post to prove the person or team was there.
This event was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is now open and the submission deadline has been extended till October 31, 2020.
There are various prizes up for grabs in the Great Park Pursuit contest. Most valuable is the outdoor recreation package, estimated to be worth $1,500. Also, entrants can win an iPad or a Nebraska State Park Entry Permit. Entry into drawings for the above prizes is based on how many parks the participant visits.
The Great Park Pursuit is a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of Nebraska nature and to promote active lifestyles. Sponsors of the Great Park Pursuit include The Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Association of Resource Districts.
The participating parks are: Arnold Recreation Area, Arnold; Brickyard Park, Hastings; Central Park Fountain, Alliance; City of Indianola Park – Pawnee Woman’s Grave, Indianola; Conestoga State Recreation Area, Denton; Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area, Merriman; Davis Creek Recreation Area, North Loup; Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland; Graves Park, Wakefield; Heron Haven, Omaha; Hickman Main Park, Hickman; Indian Cave State Park, Shubert; Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, Elwood; Ponca State Park, Ponca; Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area, Loup City; Smith Falls State Park, Valentine; Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area, Trenton; Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, Elkhorn; Toadstool Geologic Park, Crawford; Windmill State Recreation Area, Gibbon.
For more information and to register, visit negpp.org. The Great Park Pursuit app is available on the Apple iTunes Store and on Google Play for Android.