Get Out of the House with the Oakland Parks Challenge! - 510 Families

Get Out of the House with the Oakland Parks Challenge!

Thank you to the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation for sponsoring 510families and creating this hecka cool all-ages scavenger hunt.

Explore Oakland’s parks and win great prizes during the 2021 Parks Challenge from June 21 – July 11. Join the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation for a free, all-ages scavenger hunt that will guide participants all around Oakland to various parks with hidden neighborhood gems, beautiful nature, public art, and local history.

grassy field with trees
Name that park! With expansive open spaces and play areas for different age groups and activities, this park can feel like a giant neighborhood living room. | Photo: Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

After a year cooped up, get outdoors with your family, win great prizes and explore Oakland! The 2021 Parks Challenge is a free, fun for all ages scavenger hunt running citywide until July 11. This is your chance to discover new places to roam while bragging on your favorite playground, screaming from the top of the Cleveland Cascade, and finding Oakland’s hidden fly casting pools.

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Name that park! This hidden redwood trailhead has the right sticks to build a fort of any size. | Photo: Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

There are great prizes just for playing. Prizes include jumbo park bags, picnic blankets, water bottles, nature journals, knit hats, back-to-school backpacks, signed A’s gear, and much more!

soccer field
Name that park! A beautiful soccer field and play structures to work up an appetite with burritos and tacos just steps away for lunch. | Photo: Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

How to Play the Oakland Parks Challenge

You can compete on your own or in a team with your friends or family at your own pace. Missions will be oriented around family play and discovery — think, “Perform a dramatic reading at random from your favorite book from the pergola at Lake Merritt” or “Collect 10 acorns from underneath the oak trees” or “Build the world’s best stick fort under the redwoods.” Whether you get to each of Oakland’s 130 parks over the course of the Parks Challenge or only get to a few of them, we LOVE the spirit of this adventure. Children of any age can enjoy this game, but you’ll need to lead the adventure for little ones.

sandy park with baby swings and palm trees
Name that park! This hidden neighborhood gem has swings and a small tot lot to peacefully pass a weekend morning. | Photo: Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation
  1. Download the GooseChase app for iPhone or Android.
  2. Search for the game “2021 Parks Challenge” or enter game code VW41BJ to get started (anytime before July 11 is ok).
  3. Join the game and complete your missions anytime between June 21-July 11 (with new missions being released all the time!)
  4. Explore Oakland parks with your missions in mind like “Share 3 reasons why your favorite playground is the BEST playground” or “Take a selfie from the top of the Cleveland Cascade.”
  5. Win cool stuff for playing along.

Participants will earn points, climb the leaderboard, and take home terrific prizes. Complete fun missions and get my kids out of the house? Yes, please! Learn more and sign up at: www.oaklandparks.org/2021-parks-challenge >

oakland park with steps
Name that park! How many steps to the top? This park has plenty to climb for little ones and a beautiful view to reward the adults. | Photo: Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

The 2021 Parks Challenge is presented by the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and with support from the Oakland A’s.

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Thank you again to the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation for sponsoring this post and inventing the Parks Challenge all-ages, Oakland-loving scavenger hunt.

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