Love parks? Kids sure do and what better excuse to go to a County park than to have fun shooting a video about what makes them great?

That idea appealed to a number of school kids around the County who recently competed in a ‘Parks Make Life Better’ video contest for grades 5 through 8. County Parks and Recreation posted the qualifying videos on its Facebook page and those with the most ‘likes’ won the contest. 

The winners were announced Friday and the teams hail from Dana Middle School in Point Loma and Julian Junior High School. 

Fifth grade students Breegan O'Hearn, Lauren Gomez and Sydney Costello of Dana Middle School won for the video called “Fast Facts at the Park.”  The girls have been friends since pre-school and the trio chose to highlight Tijuana River Valley Regional Park because it was a new to them. They had a great time discovering all it had to offer and, of course, hamming it up for the camera. 

“Not only was it fun making the film, but the girls enjoyed studying the plants, wildlife, and occasionally yelling ‘cut’ at the end of a segment,” said Breegan’s Mom, Meg Tyndall O'Hearn.  

A team of seventh and eighth graders from Julian Junior High School took the prize for a video called “Parks Make Bikes Better.” The students wanted to show how County parks are helping them foster their passion for mountain biking, a passion they hope to share with others at their school.  

"This was a great way to encourage students to get outside, get active, and have a little fun, all while using their creativity to tell a story about why our County Parks have made their lives better,”  said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob.  

“Residents overwhelmingly value parks and recreation,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts. “This video contest showed some fun ways to incorporate outdoor activity into a child’s daily lifestyle for better health and overall well-being.”

The San Diego County Parks Society donated $1,000 cash prizes to each winning team. Half will stay with the filmmakers and the other half will go to their classes for educational supplies or equipment. The classes also won a free weekend of camping at any County Park, which includes a park ranger leading guided activities.