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Kent launches social media #KVLTPics photo contest

Best pictures sought along the future Kent Valley Loop Trail  

 

KENT, Wash. – September 13, 2013 – Planning on taking a ride on the Interurban Trail? Maybe your running group plans to pound the pavement along the Green River Trail?  Perhaps you’ll enjoy a picnic at one of the many parks along the way.  If so, get your smartphones ready! 

 

The city of Kent launched a photo competition last month prompting budding photographers to showcase their favorite parts of the Green River and Interurban Trails.  Utilizing #KVLTPics, participants can now submit their photos through social media.  

 

“Since launching the contest last month, we’ve actually received photos via social media, after originally asking for them to be emailed,” says project manager Brian Levenhagen.  “Everyone can now enter the contest and share their favorite images through Instagram and Facebook, as well as Twitter.” 

 

Now, through October 31, anyone can submit photos using the #KVLTPics hashtag.   

 Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including:  

  • Best cycling-related photo 
  • Best non-cycling use of the trail 
  • Best landscape / nature photo 
  • Best shot taken by a youngster under 14  
  • Best “as-is” shot accompanied by a suggestion for improvement 

 A panel of judges will select the winning entries which will be announced in early November. Prizes have been donated by local companies with broad appeal to recreation enthusiasts, including Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent Station, Pacific Plants, Reber Ranch, REI and Starbucks. 

 

The proposed Kent Valley Loop Trail will be a paved, multi-use loop capitalizing on the intersection of the Green River and Interurban trails at Foster Park at the city’s southern end. While the project will be completed in phases as funding becomes available, the city anticipates ultimately creating a unique loop trail experience, making Kent a regional biking and recreation destination.   

 

Levenhagen says it’s difficult to make formal requests for funding without a proposal in hand.  “Potential funders want to see the big picture. So having the dollars in place isn’t always a necessary first step. Before the loop trail can become a reality, we have to anticipate and address the needs and wants of the current trail and potential loop trail users.  We hope this contest will help increase interest in the project.” 

Contest rules are available at www.KentValleyLoopTrail.com.  

 

Media Contact:  

Michelle Wilmot, City of Kent, Community and Public Affairs  

253-856-5709  

mwilmot@kentwa.gov