Joe Kane, of East Toledo, was crowned the Super Searcher” in Metroparks of the Toledo Area’s Great Park Search (GPS) contest.
Contest participants followed weekly clues – given in the form of GPS coordinates – to find 69 “hidden” locations throughout the park system. New clues were posted each Monday by 10 a.m. Once participants determined the designated locations, they discovered codewords to be entered on the Metroparks’ website.
Kane, a union painter, and his wife Gwen, a retired teacher, visited each of the Metroparks during the nine-week contest. Accompanying them was their faithful companion, their goldmaraner Jackie.
|Joe and Gwen Kane and their four-legged friend Jackie, at Pearson Park.
“After work on Mondays, we’d pack a picnic lunch and head out to visit the parks,” Kane said. “We’d start with Pearson and then head to Providence, Side Cut and the others. Sometimes we’d hit some of the other parks on Tuesdays.
“We used our GPS to determine the locations, but we really wouldn’t have had to,” he said.
Kane’s name was drawn from more than 3,000 correct entries. The grand prize package included $1,000 in items and gift cards from The Andersons.
The goal of the contest was to encourage area residents to explore and enjoy summer adventures at the Metroparks.
“I’ve been going to the Metroparks for many years and this summer, I discovered a lot of things I didn’t know about – new trails, park features, etc.,” Kane said. “We really enjoyed it.”
Joe and Gwen Kane, and their four-legged friend Jackie at Pearson Metropark.