County awarding prizes, $250 kayak to residents in honor of National Parks month

Marion County is awarding prizes, including a $250 fishing kayak, to residents who participate in different social media challenges in honor of National Parks and Recreation this month.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Marion County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Couillard provided details on the three competitions that the county will host this month.

The competitions all center around residents’ knowledge of the 36 parks within the county. In an effort to engage the community through the department’s social media accounts,  Parks and Recreation staff will track participation through the social media tag #GameOnMarion.

The first competition is a “rocking” scavenger hunt. As part of the competition, the county is asking residents to find bright green rocks with the tag #GameOnMarion that have been hidden throughout all of the parks. After finding a green rock, the county is asking residents to take a selfie with the rock and notify the department through social media with the location and the tag #GameOnMarion. Residents will accrue points towards a prize from the county.

Green rocks in Marion County
Green rocks are hidden throughout the 36 parks in Marion County

Couillard went on to describe the second competition as a “park crawl,” with similar instructions.

“There’s over 36 different parks for [a resident] to go to. Find and identify the park, and take a selfie with that hashtag [#GameOnMarion]” said Couillard. For each selfie at a park, residents will receive points toward their cumulative total for a prize.
The final competition, called “Where’s Jim,” asks residents to identify which parks Couillard is pictured in on the department’s social media profiles. Throughout the month, the department will post three pictures each week of Jim Couillard. Residents can comment with their guess as to the location in the picture, and each correct guess is an entry to win one of three prizes.
Jim Couillard
“Where’s Jim” will feature Marion County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Couillard at different parks across the county

Prizes include a fishing kayak, annual park pass, and a kayak trip for two at KP Hole Park. The department will announce the three winners with the most correct guesses on July 30.

For more information on any of the competitions, visit the Marion County Parks and Recreation Facebook page.