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Parks & Rec Special Events

  1. HAWK (Hike Alaska's Wild Country)

    May 29, 9:00 AM - September 4, 5:00 PM

    Starting Memorial Day, pick up your trails card and a complimentary trail guide, then get our and hike, bike, or run the Valdez trails! Return your card by September 5th to be entered to win prizes. Check out the Trail of the Week on Facebook and join the #HAWKTrails challenge.

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  2. Paths of Poetry

    May 29, 9:00 AM - September 1, 5:00 PM @ Civic Center Overlook Trail

    Compose an original piece of poetry inspired by the Overlook Trail. Submit your entry to the Parks and Recreation Office no later than September 1st. ONE poem will be selected and made into a permanent display installed on the trail. The winning poem will be announced at the HAWK Finale.

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  3. Summer Art Contest

    May 30, 9:00 AM - June 30, 5:00 PM @ Parks & Recreation Office

    Age Divisions: 0-6 years 7-12 years 13 and Older The winning raven will be announced on Wednesday, July 5th. The donated ravens will be auctioned off, Friday July 7th - Sunday, July 16th. All auction proceeds will be donated to the Valdez Avalanche Center.

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  4. 4th of July Most Patriotic Decorated Business

    June 9, 9:00 AM - July 4, 9:00 AM

    Get in the 4th of July Spirit! The Most Patriotic Business Contest is a FREE contest, open to Valdez establishments located in the downtown area. Judging will be based on the decoration on the outside of the business. The winning business will receive the "Most Patriotic Business" plaque. The winner will also receive a FREE 1/8th page advertisement spot valued at $450.00 from the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau to be place in the Valdez Vacation Guide. *Terms and conditions do apply: For the ad to be placed in the Vacation Guide, the winner must be a current member or become a member of the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau. Register online at

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