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When it comes to Madness in Streamwood, July just became the new March.

To celebrate NRPA‘s Parks & Recreation Month this July, the Streamwood Park District is proud to roll out Parks & Rec Madness – a social-media-driven bracket tournament pitting 32 parks versus 32 recreational amenities, where the winners are selected by you – the voting public – round-by-round until a champion is crowned!

The Madness begins Tuesday, July 5 when we unveil the brackets and our field of 64 “teams” vying for the title.

Then first round voting action tips off on the Streamwood Park District’s Facebook page, where voters can pull for all their parks and rec favorites and help lead their squads to victory. Round 1 voting concludes at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

Voting is as simple as 1…2…3 points!

  • Like or follow the Streamwood Park District’s Facebook page.
  • React (like, love, etc.) to all your favorite parks and recreational amenities photos in the Round 1 Team Photo Gallery.
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. After all, it takes good teamwork to win!

At the end of the round, the winning teams in each match-up will advance to face their next opponent in their bracket region in the next round. The losing teams get a juice box and a participation trophy. 😉

Below is the round-by-round Parks & Rec Madness voting schedule:

Round 1: July 5-8
Round 2: July 12-14
Super 16 (Round 3): July 18-19
Supreme 8 (Round 4): July 21-22
Ultimate 4 (Round 5): July 25-26
Championship (Round 6): July 27-28

As a double bonus, the Streamwood Park District is offering a free, one-year Individual Fitness Membership (a $225 value) at Park Place Family Recreation Center in Partnership with RUSH Physical Therapy, 550 S. Park Blvd., to the plucky prognosticator who picks the most perfect bracket in our Parks & Rec Madness Bracket Challenge. Simply visit https://bit.ly/PRMBracketChallenge beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 to fill out your bracket and predict the winners of all 63 Parks & Rec Madness matchups.

Each correctly predicted matchup is worth one point. The player with the most points at the conclusion of Parks & Rec Madness will be our Bracket Challenge Champion. Don’t foul out! Beat the buzzer and take a last second shot at glory by submitting your picks no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

(Restrictions: Limit one bracket per household. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to choose the winner. If the winner is an existing Individual Fitness member, the membership will be extended by one-year at the conclusion of the winner’s current membership. Brackets received after the Round 1 voting deadline of 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8 are not eligible.)

Let’s lace up those sneakers, get your voting fingers loosened up and get in the game. Join the Madness in Streamwood this July!