Rotary Club plans adventure challenge

Did you know Pratt might have the most parks per capita of any U.S. city? In a Trust for Public Land news release, Madison, Wis., was touted as having the most parks per capita of any U.S. city with 12.7 parks per 10,000 people. However, the survey must have overlooked Pratt. The City of Pratt has 16 parks if you include the Green Sports Complex, the Green Nature Trail and Veterans Memorial Lake. Since the population of Pratt is just 6,000, Pratt should have the honors.

Why is that important, besides the fact that our parks make Pratt a great place to live? Parks improve our quality of life in many ways, and perhaps the most impactful is by allowing healthful activities. The Pratt Health Foundation is currently promoting healthier lifestyles for Pratt residents, and getting healthy can be as simple as taking advantage of our wonderful parks. In fact, to point out how fortunate Pratt residents are, the Foundation, Pratt Rotary Club, Pratt Regional Medical Center and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are sponsoring the first Rotary Poker Adventure Challenge on June 29.

The event is free and open to everyone, especially families and provides fun, challenges and the chance to win prizes. There will be separate walking, running and biking routes that take participants through many of Pratt's parks. At various stopping points, participants can choose to complete an activity such as disc golf, swimming, casting, shooting baskets, tennis, and more.

Also at each stop, participants and teams will pick up a playing card. At the end of the route in Lemon Park, each participant or team will have a hand of five cards, and the best poker hand in each category will win a prize of $100. Ties will be broken by participation in challenge events at each stop.

The event will begin with registration at 8:30 in Lemon Park. Those who register before June 15 by emailing their names and whether they will run bike or walk to will be entered into a drawing to win an additional $25 prize. A healthy hamburger lunch will be available for a free-will donation.

Other event sponsors include Skaggs Ace Hardware and Aarons. For more information, call the Pratt Health Foundation, 620-672-6411.

Pratt may not be officially recognized as the city with the most parks per capita, but there is no doubt we have more than most cities our size. Come celebrate the wonderful parks available here in Pratt, and while you're at it, take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. And you might win $100!