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Chandler teams can scavenger hunt via Instagram

July 10th, 2018 | by alexander
Chandler teams can scavenger hunt via Instagram
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By COLLEEN SPARKS

Managing Editor

A popular activity many people participated in as children is taking on a modern twist in Chandler’s parks this month.

People are encouraged to get out their smartphones and snap photos as they race through the city July 21 in its first #DiscoverChandler Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Players will take part in the competition from 8 a.m. to noon or until the treasure is discovered.

As a way to celebrate Park and Recreation Month around the country, competitors will need to join forces with at least one other player and find hotspots around the city’s parks.

They must find all the items listed within seven challenges and upload a photo of each one to Instagram. Finishing each task unlocks the next clue and prompts players to go on to another location in downtown Chandler.

The team that completes all the tasks first will receive a Chandler Parks & Recreation All-Access Family Pass, which includes an annual family membership to Tumbleweed Recreation Center.

With that pass, family members can take an unlimited number of fitness classes and take part in Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center for free.

Besides that perk, the first-place team will also get an annual Family Swim Pass, which allows family members to visit the city’s pools for public swim sessions.

The top team will also receive various recreation-related items. The total prize package for the grand-prize winning team is valued at $2,500.

Smaller prizes will be awarded for the 10 teams with the most creative photos. Those prizes will be worth about $20 each and can include movie passes and coffee shop gift certificates.

“Every July is Park and Recreation Month,” Kelle Harrison, marketing assistant for Community Services in the City of Chandler said. “This year’s theme was ‘a lifetime of discovery.’

“We know Chandler likes to have fun and so we took a little bit of a spin on the theme and came up with the scavenger hunt to spark that lifetime of discovery with parks and recreation. We’re a very active community, very social and technology-driven.”

Parks, pools and a museum are among the Parks and Recreation landmarks participants in the Instagram Scavenger Hunt will need to visit.

Harrison said the scavenger hunt is similar to Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game developed by Niantic but the Chandler competition is “more of an Instagram challenge.”

She said Chandler also gives people a chance to explore nature year-round with the Agents of Discovery app at its Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park.

Agents of Discovery is a mobile, educational gaming platform utilizing augmented reality to inspire youths to get active. Participants seek and find animals and characters while at the Chandler park.

The Agents of Discovery program at the Environmental Education Center is geared toward youths ages 8 to 15, Harrison said. The July 21 scavenger hunt is suited to all ages.

“It’s a great way to get out on a Saturday as a family,” Harrison said. “It’s just a fun way to get out there, explore what we have to offer and then get rewarded.”

Anyone who wants to try their hand in the Chandler scavenger hunt must register no later than July 13 at chandleraz.gov/parkandrecmonth.

Those who register for the scavenger hunt will receive packets with a selfie stick, T-shirts and maps. The packets can be picked up at Chandler City Hall July 18 to 20.

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