Local families can explore Marysville’s parks in a city-wide scavenger hunt for a number of hidden hearts as part of "Hearts in the Parks."

The scavenger hunt event will be available from Feb. 5 to 16 with a $5 entry fee for an entire family.

Participants can register online.

“After you pay you will be sent clues to locations around the city’s parks,” and families can go search for the hearts throughout those various locations, said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the city of Marysville.

Families can register after Feb. 5 up until the end of the event as well. 

When locals find the hearts, they can take a photo with themselves at each location and send it to parks officials with the city.

“They’ll be put into a prize drawing if they find all of the hearts,” said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the city of Marysville.

Prizes are gift baskets valued at $50.

The information on how to submit pictures will be provided with the clues.

This is the first time Marysville has put on a scavenger hunt-type event for locals.

“This is a new event for the city and we’re really excited to offer this to the community,” said Kingsford.

The city’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department is trying to find events where people can stay socially distanced and safe at this time but still allows people to get out into the community, she said.

As part of that effort they put together "Hearts in the Parks."

Parks staff put together the clues and set up the locations to find as well.

“I have had a lot of fun putting them all together, revisiting all of our parks and looking for the right locations for the hearts,” said Kingsford.

She hopes the event will help people get outdoors with their family and allow them to explore the city’s parks.

“I think families will really enjoy having something to do,” said Kingsford. “They’ll have fun seeing parks or park features they might not have known about"

Scavenger hunts can also provide a lot of family fun.

“There’s just something fun in trying to solve a mystery,” she said.

Participants do not have to find all the hearts at once.

“They could do it all in one day or they could spread it out over multiple days,” said Kingsford.

Kingsford wanted to thank the Marysville Rotary, which is sponsoring the event, as well as the all of the families who will come out and support the eent throughout February.

“We look forward to seeing all of the participants in our parks,” she said.


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