Wild About Parks: Blair Park  LbNA # 50550

OwnerUPD - APNC    
Placed DateSep 24 2009
LocationUrbana, IL
Found By Angel Winks
Last Found Jul 5 2011
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Wild About Parks: Blair Park

This clue is part of the Urbana Park District’s Wild About Parks Quest--celebrating the Anita Purves Nature Center’s 30th anniversary. The Quest runs 6/13/09-6/12/10, but the boxes will remain in place indefinitely. Prizes can be won during the Quest for those who find 10, 20, and 30 boxes. Those who locate all 30 will be entered into a grand prize drawing. For more information, and for clue booklets, visit www.urbanaparks.org.

Blair Park Clue
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes

Note: You will need a pencil to complete this clue.

Begin at the Broadway entrance on the west side of the park and take a seat in the Charles D. Rourke Memorial Shelter. Note the date of its construction etched in the limestone wall. Add each number in the date together (____+____+____+____= ______) - this number will help you in a bit.

Now walk east (right) pass the shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, to the playground located between the tennis courts. Take a swing, or climb in the wooden pyramid. Look for the concrete slab with words etched in the stone, count the number of letters you see on the west side of the slab (___________).

Continue walking east pass the tot lot and the Schrumpf Memorial. Follow the sidewalk pass the tennis shelter to the Living Memorial Garden and out to the Vine Street sidewalk. Turn south (right) and walk to the Joseph C. Blair Stone Monument then turn west (right) toward the large granite rock near the unlighted tennis courts. Add each number in the date of the tennis court dedication (____+_____+_____+_____ = ____).

Now add all three numbers together to get a final total = ____________. Take a look around for a set of “furry” trees nearby that would provide perfect shelter for a bird. Counting each step you take, travel your total number of steps to these “furry” trees to discover this park’s letterbox hidden within its branches.

Note: This box is located in a high traffic area. Please be very discrete when stamping in, especially when tennis matches are occurring, and please re-hide well.