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Murder mystery at park

Murder mystery at park

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There’s a murderer among us. Someone has attempted to kill Dr. Covid and the answer to the mystery can be found at Hoover Ridge.

On Saturday, Madison Parks and Recreation Authority launched its latest activity-Clue. Based on the popular board game of the same name, the activity tells the tale of Dr. Covid who was found murdered in the park Friday morning. Visitors to Hoover Ridge must visit nine locations scattered around the facility to find clues which can be used to determine where the murder occurred, what weapon was used and who did it. The suspects are all familiar faces—staff and board members of parks and recreation.

Recreation coordinator Lindsay Von Herbulis, who is among the suspects, said the idea for the game came from some national parks and recreation groups she’s a member of including Parks and Rec Done Right and Women in Parks and Recreation. Both groups unite parks and recreation leaders from around the nation to collaborate and share information.

“There are fantastic ideas in the groups and different parks and recreation groups were already doing [Clue],” she said.

Von Herbulis said the activity is a good one, especially now since it brings people out to the park who then have to walk, bike or run to various locations thus encouraging fitness.

Groups participating in the activity must not only find the clues, but also take a photo of all group members at each of the nine locations. Once they’ve solved the mystery, the group is asked to post that they’ve solved it on the Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority Facebook page. Do not post the answer on the Facebook page so everyone can solve the mystery. The answer and photos should be emailed to Von Herbulis at by May 30. The groups who correctly solve the mystery will be entered into a drawing with one selected to receive a meal voucher for a Catch the Chef/Over the Top Chef Family Power Box. Both local businesses are sponsoring the game. The answer and the winner will be revealed June 1.

Instructions and score sheets are available on the authority’s Facebook page, or printed copies are available on the office porch at Hoover Ridge.

“We’re doing what we can to get people to the park and keep them active,” Von Herbulis said.

Meanwhile, the park is hosting another virtual art gallery. Students wishing to submit artwork should send photos of their creations to Von Herbulis by May 31 at 4 p.m. for inclusion in the gallery launching June 1. A similar art gallery was hosted in April. For more information about Hoover Ridge, visit

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