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Quinta Mazatlan wins national contest: Photo to be featured on cover of Parks and Rec magazine

by Public Information Office | May 28, 2015


Quinta Mazatlan has once again captured national attention. A photo taken at the McAllen branch of the World Birding Center was one of 13 pictures selected nationwide to vie for a spot on the cover of the 30th anniversary National Recreation and Park Association magazine.


The organization sponsored a weeklong competition from May 18 through May 22 on their Facebook page to see which photo would garner the most votes.


Quinta Mazatlan’s Tortoise and Toddler took top honors after a close competition. The photo was taken by Virginia Mann in the summer of 2014 during Forest Tots, a program designed to connect our youngest community members to nature.  

“We are honored to be featured on the cover of the anniversary issue of the magazine,” said Quinta Mazatlan Manager Colleen Hook. “The endearing photo of a toddler overlooking a tortoise is symbolic of longevity and stability around the world.”

The picture received 2,407 likes on Facebook while the second place finisher from Palm Beach County, Florida picked up 1,964 votes. 

The Tortoise and Toddler photo will grace the July 2015 cover of Parks & Recreation Magazine.


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