County parks unveil 100-Miles of Hiking program
(Maricopa County) How does the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department plan on celebrating Arizona’s centennial? With 100-miles of hiking! So lace up your hiking boots, grab your friends, backpacks, water bottles and plan on joining the department on November 1 as they kick-off the program.
“I can’t think of a better way to honor Arizona than by connecting people with nature so they can learn more about what this great state has to offer,” stated Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. “When I heard about their plan, I was thrilled to see that the department was showcasing one of their greatest assets, their trails. I was especially pleased to learn that hikers will receive credit for miles hiked on the Maricopa Regional Trail System.”
“Participating in the program is simple. Hikers can either get creative and chart out their own course of action or use the blueprint outlined by the department. However, hikers must visit at least three parks in the County’s park system to be eligible for the chance to win the grand prize, an annual mountain park pass and $25 Nature Center retail voucher,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
The program runs through January 30, 2012. To honor those who complete the 100-Miles of Hiking, celebrations have been scheduled at seven of the County’s regional parks. In addition, everyone who completes the program will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the celebration.
For additional information or to download an entry form for the 100-Miles of Hiking program, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.