Liberty Twp.’s Parks Passport goes digital

The parks passport placard at Maud Hughes Incline park. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF
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The parks passport placard at Maud Hughes Incline park. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF

Residents can now print passport at home to start their journey.

Liberty Twp.’s Parks Passport, which is designed to encourage people to visit all of the community’s 11 parks, is now available online.

Since the program began in 2006, families have had to pick up the passport packet from the Liberty Township Administration Office. Now, they only have to print out the packet and go to each park, where children rub an impression from a placard specific to that location onto the page to prove that they were there.

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Once they’ve collected all the impressions, children can take the completed passport to the Liberty Twp. Administration Office at 7162 Liberty Centre Drive, Suite A, to receive a certificate for a free ice cream cone from The Twist.

“We thought that it would be more convenient for people to print them at home and then bring them to our offices once they were completed,” Liberty Twp. Marketing/Communications Associate Christy Gloyd said. “One trip is easier than two, especially with kids.”

Liberty Twp. resident Ronald Aylward completed the passport with his grandchildren several years ago and said that it was “the most enjoyable thing I had ever done in Liberty Twp.”

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Aylward liked visiting the parks with his grandchildren so much that he decided to join the Liberty Twp. Parks Committee. He now serves as the group’s treasurer.

“I wanted the kids to experience what Liberty Twp. was all about,” Aylward said. “This was a way to do it that was fun. The program encouraged us to visit all of the parks to complete the passport.”

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About 50 people normally complete the passport each year. Because the online passport was only uploaded to the Liberty Twp. website about two weeks ago, Gloyd does not yet know if more families will participate as a result.

“This program is such a fantastic way for entire families to experience Liberty Twp.’s park system,” Gloyd said. “We have such an amazing park system. It should really give residents of sense of pride to have such beautiful parks in their community.”