Crystal Lake Park District Announces Ugliest Yard Contest

Crystal Lake Park District Ugliest Yard Contest entrants will have a chance to win a burr oak seedling from a historical Main Beach tree, as well as an exciting Grand Prize.


In July 2011, a powerful storm swept through Crystal Lake and brought down a beautiful 125 year-old burr oak tree at Main Beach.

The Crystal Lake Park District harvested 170 acorns from that tree and will plant 100 new seedlings in park district parks this spring. Park District staff also wanted to share a piece of this historic tree with our community.

The 2013 Crystal Lake Park District Ugliest Yard Contest was created in order to select recipients of the Main Beach burr oak seedlings.

To be eligible to receive a burr oak seedling from our Main Beach tree, please enter our Ugliest Yard Contest by submitting an ugly yard photo by Feb. 28 to:

  • intern@crystallakeparks.org
  • Or bring it in to the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office, One East Crystal Lake Avenue (attn: Ugliest Yard Contest), Crystal Lake. 

Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address with the photo. The Park District will send you confirmation that your photo was received and when to pick up your seedling in May.

Entrant must be a Crystal Lake Park District resident.

The first 70 entrants will receive a one gallon Burr Oak seedling. One grand prize winner will receive a land design by Park District Park Planner, Ann Viger and a $500 gift certificate from Two Amigos Landscaping, Inc.

Anyone can vote for the Ugliest Yard, March 1-30 via the Crystal Lake Park District website at www.crystallakeparks.org/2013UgliestYardContest.htm, at the Administrative Building or at the Crystal Lake Park District booth at the Crystal Lake Business Expo at Crystal Lake South High School, March 23 and 24.

The grand prize winner will be announced April 1.

For more information contact Jacqui Weber at 815-458-0680, ext. 214, or email jweber@crystallakeparks.org.

Contents details available online at www.crystallakeparks.org/2013UgliestYardContest.htm

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