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K-State Extension sends families on quests around Liberal’s parks during the Roundup Passport summer event PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:56

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By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



Southwest Kansas has had a wide variety of severe weather through the last three weeks, from a snow storm in late April to hail Monday  and even the potential for the area’s most infamous weather phenomenon – tornadoes – on Tuesday.

Despite this, the calendar still says it is May, and with school being in its last two weeks, summer vacation is on the horizon.

Traditionally, the season brings a chance for people to get outdoors, and in 2014, Seward County’s K-State Research and Extension gave families extra encouragement to get outside.

This year, the Extension, along with Liberal Parks and Rec, is welcoming back the Round Up Passport event. Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Kathy Bloom said the first edition of the event went rather well.

“Families really had a good time exploring the parks, got more families out,” she said. “We just thought it was such a fun thing. Why not bring it back? I had this four-year Adolescent Obesity Prevention grant. We did it the first year of that, and I think this is the last year of it.”

As part of the Parks Round Up, families will visit Liberal’s seven parks and get instructions and clues to complete quests at each park.

“You try to visit all the parks, but if you can just get to five, that’s great,” she said. “Bring your completed passport in to the Rec department. They will look it over and enter you for the contest. They’ll be a drawing for $50 in Chamber bucks for the lucky family. Once they bring their completed parks passport in, they will get a frisbee, and they will also be in the drawing.”

The seven parks are Country Club Park, Harrison Circle, Light Park, Mahuron Park, Mary Frame Park, McCray Park and North Blue Bonnet Park. As a bonus, participants can likewise visit Arkalon Park in rural Seward County.

Bloom said the program is currently in kickoff mode, and passports can be obtained at a few locations.

“They can pick up their parks passport through the Rec department or the Seward County Extension office,” she said. “The middle schools are going to be passing them out to some of the kids, and also, Cottonwood, I think, has some. Some of the PE teachers we’ve worked with throughout the grant will have some.”

New for 2017, though, Bloom said the time frame for this year’s Round Up Passport is much shorter than the first edition of the event, which ended in September with the Extension’s annual Arkalon Butterfly Count Day.

“The program will end June 30,” she said. “They have a month and a half or so, six weeks to complete the project. Still plenty of time if they just set a few afternoons out, they can probably knock it out.”

Bloom said the event provides a great opportunity to experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources Liberal’s parks have to offer.

“They’re really beautiful this time of year,” she said. 

Bloom said all ages and activity levels can participate in the round up.

“Get outdoors, unplug from the technology,” she said. “Leave that cell phone in the car, get a little exercise.”

For more information, stop by the Extension at 1081 Stadium Road in Liberal, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 620624-5604.

 

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