Bloom Park Challenges

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The Challenge
Find the (1) geocache

What is Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Why
Geocaching can help give an improved health status and fewer days of poor mental and physical health than a comparative sample. It has shown to be an effective nontraditional method of physical activity for any age!


Fire Away! 

The Challenge
Take a short walk from Fairgrounds Park to Bloom Park. While you are there, appreciate the local history at a site of the Spanish American War Cannon!

Why
Love history? This challenge will expose you to two historic attractions in two different parks, just two blocks from each other! Follow the “how” instructions, and you will walk 1 mile!  

How
Park at Fairgrounds Park, Cannon Avenue entrance. Continue by foot on the sidewalk heading west (with the direction of traffic flow). As you cross over Mulberry Street, the road you are on, Cannon Avenue., becomes “East North Avenue.” Proceed forward, cross over Locust Street and continue walking up the hill approaching North Potomac Street. Bloom Park is located on the left, situated at the corner of North Potomac Street and East North Avenue.

What
Historic attractions you will notice in this challenge: Fairgrounds Association Building in Fairgrounds Park (at the corner of Mulberry St.), and in Bloom Park, the ornately finished 18th century bronze cannon on display with stacked cannon balls mounted at its side. The cannon, made in France, discovered in Cuba, now stands in Bloom Park in honor of those from Washington County, MD who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war with Spain in the late 1890s. Bloom Park amenities include federal, state, and city flags on display, benches, historic markers, and on-leash dog-walking access. 


Have a great idea for a new challenge? Email it to okimberlin@hagerstownmd.org!