The coronavirus pandemic has canceled social events leading many to explore the outdoors.
In the spirit of welcoming the New Year, the James City County Parks & Recreation department is hosting an outdoor scavenger hunt on New Year’s Day with clocks.
That’s right: Scavengers will have to scour parks and trails for hidden clocks.
Each clock features a QR code and the person who finds the clock must scan the QR code and add their contact information.
“The scavenger hunt is a way to offer an interactive program that people can participate in while also being safe and social distancing,” Sarah O’Reilly, Recreation Program Coordinator for Sports, Athletics, and Outdoors and program coordinator for the scavenger hunt, wrote in an email Tuesday. “We also want to encourage the community to visit some of our parks that are less trafficked throughout the year.”
In addition, each QR scan is one entry into a raffle and explorers have up to 10 entries or one entry per clock found, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Winners are entered in a raffle to win “prize pack” of “goodies” which includes a t-shirt, water bottle and program discounts.
Each park or trail has one clock hidden unless otherwise noted. See the list of parks and trail below:
- Freedom Park- two clocks
- Greensprings Interpretive Trail
- Jamestown Beach Event Park
- Little Creek Reservoir Park
- Powhatan Creek Trail
- Upper County Park
- Veterans Park
- Warhill Sports Complex- two clocks
“The clock theme coincides with the new year and also just the notion of putting 2020 behind us,” O’Reilly added. “I think most of us can agree that it has certainly been one for the record books but I also think most people are looking forward to a fresh start.”
For more information or to see a list of parks and trails, visit the James City County Parks and Recreation website.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Dec. 9, 2020.
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