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Clover Beach off Linden Road in Fenton Township is one of the many Genesee County parks. Residents can take part in the Pic-A-Park Challenge through Oct. 31 to win a prize. 

Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission has issued a challenge to the public — visit Genesee County parks and post a photo for a chance to win a prize.

It’s called the Pic-A-Park Challenge. Participants are encouraged to visit the approximately 50 Genesee County Parks (GCP). Posted photos will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to be featured in one of GCP weekly segments on a local TV station. The parks commission will also share photos on its social media pages.

Hollie Marlett, parks communication specialist at Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission, said, “The main objective of the challenge was to engage the public and encourage them to visit and use their parks. We asked those who participate to take a photo in each location they visit, share that photo on our social media for a chance to be featured on one of our ABC 12 weekly segments.”

The website has a list of all locations to visit, which include local locations such as Clover Beach and Linden County Park.

“We are hoping for hundreds to participate. With more than 50 parks located in nearly every corner of the county, this allows for accessibility to everyone. This is a great way to get out and enjoy nature, get some exercise and share your experience with others,” Marlett said.

The parks commission is encouraging participants to do the scavenger hunt and take photos of birds, bugs, plants, wetlands and iconic places and spaces. The website has a list of what exactly to look for in each category.

The challenge runs through Oct. 31.

Michigan parks have seen an increase in foot traffic since the pandemic began. Genesee County parks are no exception to this.

“We have had a huge increase in foot traffic on our trails and in our day use parks. Wolverine Campground has an extended season this year as well. You will be able to camp through Oct. 18. We are thrilled to be able to offer such great opportunities for our residents and those visiting from other out county areas,” Marlett said.

 Participants should use the hashtag #geneseecountyparks. It is not required to visit every location. Every entry is a chance to win.

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