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Come to City Park Saturday
July 25, 2011 - Linda Lobeck
If you’re around the area on Saturday, you should stop by City Park in Iron Mountain for a special community picnic and fund-raiser for this much used attraction.
Organizers will have something for everyone of all ages during Saturday in the Park. The day will feature games, food, beverages, music and a flea market.
It’s just a nice day to get outside and visit with friends, neighbors and get to know the community a little better.
Too often we are so busy that we don’t stop to enjoy some of the ‘treasures’ we have in our own backyard. My family has been a frequent visitor to the park. When we first moved here, there were a variety of animals in the park in addition to the deer, although the deer have always been my favorite. The kids had a good time getting close to these beautiful animals and now we have the addition of an albino deer.
In addition to visiting with the animals, we would come to City Park and bring a picnic lunch. After eating, the kids would have fun on the playground equipment while parents sat and visited with each other.
As my kids got older, the park was more of a spot for different recreational activities including soccer and tennis. We’ve also been to the park for a variety of occasions like weddings, picnics, and graduation parties in the pavilion.
It is a place we should never take for granted. Many other areas don’t have such a multi-use park that they can use at no charge.
More things will be added to the park to enhance it thanks to the grant received by the city of Iron Mountain. But with any grant, a requirement is to come up with matching funds. This can be done through raising money as well as manpower and equipment that the city can supply while the work is being done.
To help out with their share of the funds, the Parks and Recreation Committee of the city council came up with this fun day in the park. Although it will be used to help raise money, it is a way to develop a real sense of community within the area.
An old-fashioned community picnic is a nice addition to the many activities that are already held in the area during the summer months. This will hopefully plant the seed for an annual event at City Park.
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