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Parks Puzzler Contest Encourages Visits to Cottage Grove Parks
Cottage Grove, Minn. – July 5, 2017 – In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, Cottage Grove is hosting its first “Parks Puzzler” social media contest beginning July 17. Every day at 8:30 a.m. a riddle about one of the city’s 34 parks will be posted to the Cottage Grove Recreation and Ice Arena Facebook page at

Residents can use their wit and knowledge to solve the riddle and determine what park is being described. Once they know the answer, they need to visit the park, get a photo of themself in the park with the park sign, post it to social media and tag the photo with the Cottage Grove Recreation and Ice Arena on Facebook, or @cottagegrovemn on Twitter or Instagram.  Every photo submitted and tagged counts as an entry into the drawing; the more entries the more chances to win.  

The winner can choose from:
•    An ice skating party package for eight at the Ice Arena, includes skate rental and public skating ($80 value);
•    Two rounds of golf plus cart at River Oaks Golf Course ($100 value);
•    Four-hour park building rental ($60 value); or
•    Picnic in the park, includes a catered deli sandwich lunch for six at the winner’s favorite park ($60 value)

 “We want to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the city parks and trails,” said Zac Dockter, Parks and Recreation Director. “I hope people have fun and discover a park, or learn something new about their favorite park.”

The contest runs from July 17 to Aug. 25 with three winners will be drawn at random and announced on Sept. 1.


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