Party in the Park – June 23, 2019

Are you ready for this year’s Party in the Park? (Flyer is here.) It’s 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 23 at Aldrich Park, behind Bush Elementary (Bellevue and 15th).

Featured guests include ENLACE Cross-Cultural Development Project, who will share Latinx music and dances, and Caesar, the No-Drama Llama!

SESNA will buy a Kid’s Cone from the On Any Sundae food truck for the first 100 neighbors. Just come to the SESNA table and get a ticket! If you’re not one of the first 100, or you want something bigger, not to worry; the truck will be selling their full menu at regular prices ($3 – $6 per item) from 1-4.

SESNA will also have snacks and drinks available for sale.

Bring any games you and your friends/family want to play in the park! We will have hula hoop contests, rock painting, coloring, and more.

On a more serious note, you may be aware that Aldrich Park is in need of some love. In the past couple of weeks, it has received some touch-ups:

  • The City of Salem replaced the broken water fountain with a brand-new one
  • The City Public Works staff and an inmate labor crew mulched the trees for the first time in years, and ground off decades of chipped paint from the metal picnic tables in the gazebo/shelter
  • Neighborhood volunteers primed and painted the tables, cleaned up litter, removed graffiti, and started weeding the unused horseshoe pit.

SESNA has applied for and been awarded two grants to replace the dangerous, broken concrete floor of the gazebo/shelter; a Salem Park Improvement Fund grant from the City of Salem, and a separate grant from the non-profit Salem Parks Foundation.

What else does the park need? What is unused? What would make Aldrich park more useful to you? What would make it more welcoming, and a true community focal point?

We’ll be asking for your ideas at the Party in the Park as we gear up for a bigger renovation project. Please come tell us what you think!

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