Free, first-time Community Picnic at Westside Center Aug. 27
It's no coincidence that it's around lunchtime.
Titled the “Community Picnic,” the first-time event will offer free food and drink, along with activities for all ages, live music, booths, safety information, tours of the facility and a chance to meet the center's class instructors.
The get-together was organized by center staff and volunteers to help promote the city-owned, privately run facility and its activities for the Westside, according to marketing coordinator Aundrea Fuller.
The center “strives to bring many people together to act as one body to enhance the community,” states a promotional flyer.
Another feature of the event, Fuller noted, will be to highlight the history behind the playground at the northeast corner of the property. City Parks plans to install new play equipment, replacing pieces that were installed after an intensive community/school effort in 1995 when the site was still Buena Vista Elementary.
It's not yet known if the playground will be ready in time for the picnic. City Parks backed off an original estimate of June, setting a hoped-for target of late August. However, with rainy weather this summer, now that time frame also seems unlikely, Fuller said. Update, 8/16: Fuller said she has learned that the playground will not be ready, but a bounce house will be provided.
As part of the playground history, “We will be displaying the original time capsule that was placed by Buena Vista Elementary students and the community over 20 years ago,” she said.
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