The Litchfield Park Historical Society will host Ride & Seek, a self-paced scavenger hunt through the bike-friendly streets of Litchfield Park on Saturday, April 24.
The event is a fundraiser for the society’s museum and offers participants an opportunity to learn a bit of local history.
Participants will have from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to complete the scavenger hunt, which consists of three loops of varying lengths. Riders can choose to bike anywhere from two to 12 miles after checking in at the corner Old Litchfield Road and Wigwam Boulevard to pick up maps and clues. Registration is available online at LPHSMuseum.org until Friday, April 23, or in-person on the day of the event.
Cost is $25 per family and $15 per individual. All scavenger hunt participants will be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local businesses.
“We were looking for a way for people to do something fun with friends and family and also create a sense of community,” Litchfield Park Historical Society event coordinator, Meredeth Stucky said. “Since COVID hit, so many more people are spending time outside, and a bike ride just seemed like a great way to bring people together.”
Participants will decipher clues leading them to spots on a map where they can scan a QR code to answer questions about the history of their surroundings. While participants are encouraged to bring their smart phone to scan QR codes, paper copies of the information will be available for those who prefer a more low-tech option.
The event also includes a free bike rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon in the north parking lot of Litchfield Elementary School, 255 W. Wigwam Blvd., adjacent to the scavenger hunt check-in area. Safety professionals from the Goodyear Fire Department will teach bike and pedestrian safety through a bike rodeo obstacle course.
People often do not know what they don’t know when it comes to bike safety, Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner said.
“We try to make the experience fun and educational at the same time,” she said of the bike rodeo. Participants of all ages may complete the rodeo with a bike, scooter or skateboard.
Another important aspect of the bike safety rodeo will be checking helmets for proper fit. Ms. Tanner said helmets worn by children are often too small because parents fail to realize their child’s head is still growing.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is to protect the brain,” she said.
Retired registered nurse Lucy Ranus, also known as the “Brain Lady” from Barrow’s Neurological Institute, and experts from Phoenix Children’s Hospital also will be on hand at the rodeo.
Participants arriving from outside Litchfield Park who may be transporting bikes to the event will find parking in nearby lots and along the street and are advised to check the registration website at lphsmuseum.org for details on locations.
For more information, visit lphsmuseum.org, call the museum at (623) 535-4414 or email Events@lphsmuseum.org.