Back to School Giveaway Official Rules


  • Contest period: August 16, 2011 - October 3, 2011
  • Random Drawing Will Take Place: October 4, 2011
  • Winner announced on or about: October 4, 2011
  • Eligibility: Open to residents of U.S. and Canada 18 years and older.
  • Prize: Apple iPad2 (average retail value USD $500)
  • One account per person.
  • Each entrant may review as many parks, playgrounds, museums, beaches, zoos, botanical gardens, trails, and other sites of interest on of which entrant has legitimate knowledge.
  • Each entrant may add to as many photos of relevant parks, playgrounds, museums, etc., of which they have legal ownership.
  • All the Likes on your reviews and photos during the contest period count towards your entry, including Likes on reviews that you added before the contest started.
  • Reviews must be authentic and relevant. Users who are judged to have "gamed" the system will be disqualified, as will any users who upload photographs of which they are not an owner, photos that are irrelevant, etc.
Effective August 16, 2011
Eligibility: The Back to School Giveaway (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada. Entrants must be of the age of majority in their place of residence (at least 18) at time of entry and possess a valid form of identification. Employees of ParkGrades LLC (“Sponsor”), as well as the immediate family and household members of each such employee, are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local laws and regulations and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, shall only be construed and evaluated according to applicable United States law. Void where prohibited by law.
Sponsor and Administrator: ParkGrades LLC, 8637 E. San Ardo Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258, United States.
Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in the Contest, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Whether an entrant receives a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
Timing: The Contest begins on August 16, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) and ends on October 3, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PDT (the “Contest Period”). Random drawing will take place on or about October 4, 2011, and the winner will be announced on or about October 4, 2011. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
How to Enter: If you are not yet a member, you will be required to register for the free service at (the “Site”) in order to participate. After creating or logging into your account, begin writing reviews of parks and other locations of interest (“Reviews”) that are relevant and authentic. Entrants will earn points in the Contest for each of the following actions during the Contest Period: Three (3) points for each new Review; two (2) points for each new photograph; and ten (10) points for "Like"-ing the ParkGrades Facebook Page. To earn points, each submitted Review/Photograph must be two sentences or longer, must be authentic and relevant, must comply with’s Terms of Use, must not have been submitted previously in a contest of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means previously (although it may be based on, adapted from, or inspired by your previous work), and must not contain material that is offensive, unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state, province or territory where the Review is created. By submitting your Reviews/Photographs and completing and submitting the Contest registration, you agree that each Review/Photograph conforms to these guidelines and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove any Review/Photograph if Sponsor believes, in its sole discretion, that it fails to conform to these guidelines. By posting a Review/Photograph, you grant a non-exclusive license to Sponsor to use, display and distribute it as set forth in the Terms of Use. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible or misdirected entries, which are void and will be disqualified. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may feature any Review submitted in this Contest at any time during, or after, the Contest Period on the Site, any related websites, in any promotional materials, whether related or un-related to the Contest, and at any other location, whether physical or online, that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate and necessary for the operation and promotion of this Contest.
Limit: One account and one entry per person.
Winner Determination: Random Drawing based on the number of points each entrant has accrued during Contest Period.
Winner Requirements: Potential winners will be notified by email on or around October 4, 2011. Each potential winner (parent/legal guardian if winner is a minor in his/her state or country of residence) will be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within three days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent (or such longer period as required by applicable law), an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release in order to claim the prize. Potential winners outside the United States may also be required to answer a skill-testing mathematical question and/or complete additional documentation. If any winner cannot be contacted, or fails to sign and return the applicable Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release within the required time period noted above, that applicable potential winner forfeits the prize and will be disqualified. All potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules; and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements for any reason, return of prize notification or prize as undeliverable or disqualification of any winner for any reason will result in forfeiture of prize and an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing from the remaining finalists and the applicable prize will be awarded to that alternate winner. Only two alternate winners for each prize will be selected, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify the winner’s agreement and consent to Sponsor may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, Reviews, Guides, photos and/or prize information in connection with the Contest worldwide, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment or consideration, except where prohibited by law. Prizes will be fulfilled within 30 days after all winners have been confirmed.
Prize: Apple iPad2 (approximate retail value USD $500). All prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made unless Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines otherwise. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a listed prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Total ARV of all Contest prizes: USD $500. 
Release: By receipt of any prize, the applicable winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, typographical errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. 
Contest period: August 16th, 2011 00:00 to October 3rd, 2011 23:59.