Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake has won the Red Tricycle 2nd Annual Totally Awesome Award in the "Best Liked Hike" category.
The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards are an online reader-driven awards program recognizing the best parenting brands, products, neighborhood services and local resources for families with children age 0-10.
Totally Awesome Awards were given in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego, Chicago, and the Los Angeles markets.
Veteran Acres, located near Walkup Road and Route 176, boasts 140 acres of mixed recreational activities. Near the entrance, the park has baseball fields, tennis courts, splash pad, pond for fishing and ice skating, picnic shelter for gatherings and large hill for sledding.
Known for its beautiful walking trails, visitors can hike through prairie and woodlands. The Crystal Lake Park District's Nature Center and Rotary building offer additional meeting and educational opportunities.
In receiving the Red Tricycle Award, Veteran Acres prevailed against seven other beautiful parks in Illinois.
The 8 finalists in the Chicago Category for 'Best Liked Hike' were:
Veteran Acres Park
Indian Dunes State Park
Matthiessen State Park
Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve