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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: June 18, 2013
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402

RHODE ISLANDERS INVITED TO FORT ADAMS STATE PARK FOR THE SECOND GREAT OUTDOORS PURSUIT EVENT ON SUNDAY, JUNE 23

PROVIDENCE - On Sunday, June 23 at Fort Adams State Park, the Departments of Environmental Management and Health will host the second event of the 2013 Great Outdoors Pursuit. The summer-long program and game is designed to help children, families, and individuals enjoy the recreational resources Rhode Island state parks have to offer to encourage more physical activity by trying new outdoor activities. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Historic tours of the Fort will be the centerpiece of the event. Families may choose from half-price guided tours or free self-guided tours. Guided tours will run on the hour and will explore the history, design and restoration of Fort Adams and take participants from the top of the Fort walls to the depth of the underground tunnels. Participants can also take self-guided tours of the Fort's interior Parade Field by way of interpretative panels with QR technology.

The event will also include a 1 p.m. frisbee show with World Frisbee Champion Todd Brodeur, and guided Bay Walks with breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. DEM and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be on hand with sea creature touch tanks, fish painting crafts and educational programming. Kite flying, old-fashioned lawn games and appearances by the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, Paws and MaxMan, the Recycling Super Hero are also planned. Rhody Fresh will offer samples of its locally-produced milk and cheese. A complete list of activities follows and is also available on the www.RIparks.com website.

Indie Cycle, Inc. will also collect electronic waste at the event. Items such as residential computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic gadgetry may be dropped off. Complete details are available on the program website.

The Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit takes Rhode Islanders to seven different state parks and forests over a 13-week period. Teams can register for the game at: www.riparks.com. Teams of children and adults will be challenged to visit different facilities and take part in outdoor adventures and learn about environmental and health issues.

Teams receive points for participating in each event and are eligible for prizes of outdoor equipment donated by local retailers and sponsors that will be awarded at the Pursuit finale on August 17. The full schedule and game rules are posted at www.RIparks.com.

Registration is free. Teams that register are eligible for prizes. Everyone, even if they don't register, is welcome to come to the events and enjoy the fun and educational activities. More than 1,500 people representing 350 teams are presently registered.

Support for the project comes from the Rhode Island Department of Health, UnitedHealthcare, Fort Adams Trust, Verizon Fios, the Greater Providence YMCA, and other businesses. A full list of sponsors and partners appears on the program website.

Please contact Robert Paquette at (401)222-2632, email robert.paquette@dem.ri.gov or Terri Bisson at (401) 222-2776, ext. 4402, email at terri.bisson@dem.ri.gov for more information.

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