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Community event planned at East Liberty Park

7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Last year, East Liberty Park in Green was renovated and now the Green Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the community to check out the updated and improved facilities.

On Aug. 2, the department will host the inaugural East Liberty Park Community Day from 1 to 5 p.m.

“We are having this event to kind of welcome the community of Green to experience all that the park has to offer to people of all age groups,” said Bethany Behnfeldt, recreation assistant for the city of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division. “We have added some nice baseball fields and softball fields to the park. There is also a very nice pavilion there, two basketball courts that are fenced in, two tennis courts and a very nice playground area, too.”

According to Behnfeldt, the East Liberty Park Community Day will include a number of activities between 1 and 5 p.m., including the following: basketball- and baseball-related games; pickle ball lessons and doubles play; wheelbarrow races; running races; three-legged races; bear crawls; crab walks; relay races; sack races; soccer ball partner walks; bingo; euchre; and cornhole.

“We have a schedule for everything,” she said. “We will have a hot shot contest from 1 to 3 p.m. and we will have a 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 3 to 5 p.m. Those will both be on the basketball courts. On the baseball field, we will have a home run contest from 1 to 3 p.m., and we will have a ball-to-bucket throwing competition for younger kids from 3 to 5 p.m. On the tennis courts, we will have pickle ball lessons and doubles play from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. And then in the open field area, which will probably end up being one of the baseball field’s grass areas, we will have the field day events from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Those will be activities for 5- to 12-year-olds. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., we will have bingo under the pavilion. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be cards out underneath our star-shaped tent. And then in our open lawn area, we will have cornhole and hillbilly golf games set up, as well as some croquet.”

Participants will be grouped by age categories for children and adults, Behnfeldt said, and prizes will be awarded for winners of each category and event.

“We have things available for people who want to sign up and take part in the events, and also for people who want to just come and hang out,” she said. “There will be a lot of things for people of all ages to do at the park that day.”

Registration is available online prior to Aug. 1 at www.cityofgreen.org, Behnfeldt said, and there will be a preregistration period on the day of the event from noon to 1 p.m.

“If you come during that time, you can register for any of the events that you are interested in for the day,” she stated. “Just know, though, that we can only take so many teams and so many individuals for each contest. If you can arrive during that time, that would be for the best if you want to sign up for the events you want to take part in.”

Behnfeldt said the day also will feature a community concert by Phil ’n the Blanks from 5 to 8 p.m., and refreshments provided by Buehler’s Fresh Foods will be available from noon to 3 p.m.

“They are our food sponsor for the event,” she noted. “They are going to be donating hot dogs, buns and condiments. There will also be chips available, and we will have drinks. Plus, Legends of Green will be supplying some raspberry tea for the event. It’s all free.”

According to Behnfeldt, plans for the event began last summer, and the Green Parks and Recreation Division is estimating approximately 500 people will show up for the first-time event.

“Of course, that’s just a full-blown guess of what we expect to happen and what we are hoping for. With first-time events you can never be sure,” she said. “I’m hoping we get a good turnout and that a lot of people come to enjoy the park. I’m hoping that we get good weather that day, too.”

In case of rain on the day of the event, Behnfeldt suggested visiting the city’s website for cancellation information.

“If it rains, we will probably not be able to reschedule just because there are so many different activities that are set up for that day,” she said. “But we will do our best to reschedule Phil ’n the Blanks for another day.”

Rain or shine, though, Behnfeldt said East Liberty Park, located at 471 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, is worth visiting whenever possible.

“This is such a beautiful park and it’s just in a great area of Green,” she said. “It’s a park with a family-friendly atmosphere where people of all different ages can come and just enjoy themselves.”

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