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Health Dept. Launches Park Prize Pursuit Scavenger Hunt

CHEMUNG COUNTY - Chemung County residents can get moving and win great prizes during the brand new Park Prize Pursuit starting June 11. This free scavenger hunt, open to all ages, awards participants for finding the answers to clues in local parks. Between June 11and Sept. 4 residents can look for clues at local parks and trails throughout the County.  Each clue answered correctly will earn the person an entry into the random prize drawing to be held on Sept. 10. Additional weekly clues will be announced each week giving people a greater chance to win prizes. The more correct answers a person has the greater their chance to win a prize. Prizes include a $100 Clemens Center gift certificate and Wegman's gift cards. Others are geared to physical activity and include a Fit Bit, corn hole, ladder ball, jarts, bocce ball, and hiking poles. Residents can register here and click here to download the clues. 


Clues can be found at several local sites including:

Tanglewood Nature Center
Big Flats Community Park
Sperr Park
Katy Leary Park
Boat Launches in Chemung County
Park Station
Holding Point, Horseheads
Sullivan Park, Thorne St. Horseheads
Chapel Park, Southport
Pirozzolo Park, West Elmira
Lackawanna Rail Trail, Elmira
Eldridge Park
Catherine Valley Trail, Millport

The Park Prize Pursuit is designed to improve overall health through increased physical activity at these local recreational areas.  Chemung County has higher rates of obesity for both adults and adolescents than New York State.  Our heart attack, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes hospitalization rates are all higher than NYS rates.  The Gold Shoe Coalition hopes to build on the momentum of the Gold Shoe Step It Up Challenge to help address these rates through the Park Prize Pursuit.  Residents can turn in their answers in person or mail them to the Health Department at any time before Sept. 4. Answers can also be provided online at

The program is run by a collaboration of the Chemung County Health Department, Community Health Department at Arnot Health, YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers, Tanglewood Nature Center, First Tee of Corning, and Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council.  They would like to thank the generous sponsors including the many local businesses who donate prizes each year, the staff and volunteers who help hide shoes, and our major sponsor, the Anderson Foundation.  Questions can be directed to Dawn Bush at 607-737-2856 or Visit for more information.


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