DNRE invites park users to go for the glory at the Lawnlympics

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced the first-ever ''Lawnlympics: Michigan's Backyard Throwdown.'' These are friendly little competitive events for summer travelers who like their vacations with a little something extra thrown in.

''With events that include ladder golf, horseshoes and bean-bag toss, our all-ages Lawnlympics are designed for the more recreational athlete,'' said Ron Olson, chief of the DNRE Recreation Division. ''It's a great way to GO-Get Outdoors and participate in a fun event at your Michigan state parks and recreation areas.''

To compete, participants must choose an event (i.e. horseshoes, ladder golf, or bean-bag toss) and register for one of the qualifying tournaments. Teams that win one of the top three spots in each event will be invited to the statewide Tournament of Champions. Two-person teams will have the chance to compete at the Lawnlympics Tournament of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 11, for a free weekend of camping at South Higgins Lake State Park in Roscommon.

Horseshoe Qualifying

Tournaments:

Van Riper State Park

(Marquette County)

Saturday, June 19

Wilderness State Park

(Emmet County)

Saturday, June 19

Brimley State Park

(Chippewa County)

Saturday, June 26

Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw County)

Saturday, July 31

Lakeport State Park

(St. Clair County)

Saturday, August 14

Aloha State Park

(Cheboygan County)

Saturday, August 21

Bean-Bag Toss Qualifying Tournaments:

Van Riper State Park

(Marquette County)

Saturday, June 19

Brimley State Park

(Chippewa County)

Saturday, July 10

Wilderness State Park

(Emmet County)

Saturdays, July 10 and 24, or Aug. 7 and 21

Van Buren State Park

(Van Buren County)

Saturday, July 17

Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw County)

Saturdays, July 17, and Aug. 28

Ladder Golf Qualifying

Tournaments:

Van Riper State Park

(Marquette County)

Saturday, June 19

Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw County),

Sunday, June 27 and Saturday, July 17

Orchard Beach State Park

(Manistee County), Saturday, June 26

Van Buren State Park

(Van Buren County), Saturday, July 17

Tournament of Champions:

South Higgins Lake State Park (Roscommon County)

Saturday, Sept. 11

For more information or to register for one or more of these events, contact the park where the qualifying events are being held, or visit the Get Outdoors Calendar at www.michigan. gov/dnrgogetoutdoors.

Competitors can enjoy a whole weekend of outdoor fun with their friends and family by making a weekend reservation for one of these events. Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com, or by calling the central reservation system at 800-447-2757.

''GO-Get Outdoors'' is a series of continuous, special events designed to encourage all people, especially families, to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities that are available in this great state. For a list of these, and other, events taking place at Michigan state parks, recreation areas and boating facilities, visit the Get Outdoors Calendar.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a 2010 Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance or online through the Michigan E-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.

Effective Oct. 1, 2010, the Recreation Passport will be available to Michigan residents for $10 per registered vehicle, or $5 per registered motorcycle. This will replace the resident annual state park and boating access site permits. By checking ''Yes'' on your vehicle registration form, Michigan residents will realize a 58 percent savings in exchange for unlimited access to all Michigan state parks and boating access sites. This money will also help support Michigan state parks, boating access sites, state forests and local parks. For more information about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan. gov/recreationpassport .

Copyright © 2010 State of Michigan

Published: Thu, Jun 10, 2010

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