ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, AZ – September 14, 2012) Cattail Cove State Park recently won an APS AzTEC (Arizona Talent in Event Concepts) award for its official Arizona Centennial Event last March called the Geo-Cache Bash. The APS AzTEC awards strive to recognize outstanding examples of festival and event production and promotion in the State of Arizona. The park was honored at the 18th Annual Award event with a Silver Award for the "Best AZ Centennial Extra Element" which recognized the park for producing an added element to an existing annual event.
A panel of special event professionals with expertise in the areas of public relations, marketing, special event management, graphic design and video production evaluated the entries. The award was accepted by Cattail Cove Park Manager Gary Peaslee and Volunteer Event Coordinator Joanna Scruggs.
The Geo-Cache Bash is an annual geo-caching treasure hunt event where teams break up into easy, moderate, and difficult cache groups and based on their specific missions, set out to find treasures in the park using clues and their GPS systems. The special event featured live music, a GPS award, a tree dedication ceremony, a cactus garden nature walk through the park's newly-expanded cactus garden, plus presentations by both the Lake Havasu City Museum of History and the local chapter of the Arizona Site Steward program,
Geo-caching really took off after the Defense Department stopped scrambling the signals beamed to GPS receivers from military satellites, making it easier for recreational users to find specific locations. It has since grown in popularity for both families and corporate groups. "Geo" for geography and "cache" for hidden stash provides a fun opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoors using a (GPS) receiver. The park encourages responsible Geo Caching practices in all natural settings, including limiting graffiti, digging, trash, illegal off road vehicle use, vandalism, or caches near archeological sites or commercial use.
Cattail Cove is located on State Route 95, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Day-use per vehicle at the park is $10 (1-4 adults) during the week and (Fri-Sun & holidays) are $15. Campsites with electricity are available for $26 a night and reservations can now be made on line at AZStateParks.com. The beach, boat ramp and campsites offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy including swimming, fishing, or just relaxing.
For more information about State Parks, the State-wide Off-Highway Vehicle Program, State-wide Trails Grants and State Historic Preservation Office, visit www.AZStateParks.com or call (602) 542-4174. Follow the agency on Facebook and Twitter at AZStateParks.
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