Kokomo Parks photo contest celebrates "Get Your Play On"

The Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives.

Residents can help celebrate by taking part in the first KPRD “Get Your Play On” photo contest. Take a photo at your favorite City of Kokomo Park, such as Highland Park, Kokomo Beach, Foster Park or any of the local trails, showing how you “get your play on.” Participants are asked to post photos to social media with the hash tag #PlayOnKokomo.

The top 15 photos will be selected by the Kokomo Parks Department. The Kokomo Parks Board will then select three winners. The first place winner will receive their choice of a 2-hour pool party at Kokomo Beach or two season passes for the 2018 season along with 35 day passes. Second place winner will get two season passes for the 2018 season at Kokomo Beach while the third place winner will receive one season pass to Kokomo Beach for 2018.

Mayor Greg Goodnight said the idea for the contest was brought to his attention by a local resident via social media.

“We are very proud of our parks,” said Goodnight. “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to help show off what we have in Kokomo and win some great prizes.”

Park Board member Shirley Dubois is excited about the contest.

“Our community loves our parks and this is just another opportunity to show how much we value and appreciate them,” Dubois said. “I can't think of a better way to tell your story of Kokomo's environment than through photos of a special place in our parks. This photo contest provides the opportunity for the public to view our park system through their own eyes and camera lens."

From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.

Photos must be posted to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with proper hash tag -- #PlayOnKokomo by Tuesday, August 1.