Railroad park chugs its way to Final Four in national competition

The action, the drama, the excitement … there’s nothing quite like March Madness. And Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Parklinks to external site is chugging forward in the Big Dance, having advanced to the Final Four of the ELGL Knope Award.links to external site

Now, the park needs your vote and Instagram support to make it to the Championship. In return, you could walk away with an annual park membership for four!

The annual award, given through Engaging Local Government Leaders,links to external site is named after Deputy Parks Director Leslie Knope from the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation and recognizes the best places in local government. This year, the award will honor the best publicly-owned local park or open space. 

The bracket-style contest started with a field of the top 32 parks in the United States owned and managed by local governments.

“Visitor and community support helped the Railroad Park battle through the competition to the Final Four,” the park’s Operation’s Supervisor Nick Molinari said. “We’re ready to cut down the nets and take it all the way to the top park title.”

Vote at bit.ly/RRparklinks to external site

Double points are awarded for every park picture shared on Instagram. Show us your best shots at the park with the hashtags #ELGLKnope, #TheRailroadPark and tag @ELGL50 @therailroadpark for a chance to win an annual park family membership for four, along with four “State Forty Eight” t-shirts.

Voting and Instagram posts for the Final Four round and photo contest end at noon Saturday, March 30.

Show your support for the railroad park with this temporary social media profile picture.

About McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

The 30-acre McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most unique park of its kind in the country. The park entertains approximately 1 million visitors annually. 

Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museums, play on our one-of-a-kind playgrounds, or just relax in the grass under a tree in one of Scottsdale’s most beautiful parks.

There is no admission fee to visit the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Tickets to ride the train and carousel are $2 each, with children two and under riding free. Children under the age of 13 also get free admission to the Scottsdale Railroad Museum with a paying adult.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is open 363 days per year (weather permitting), only closing on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Attraction hours vary seasonally.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend Road, 1.7 miles west of the Loop 101, exit Indian Bend Road/Talking Stick Way. 

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