Friday in the park

Eli Turner, 3, and grandpa Mark Turner, meet pigs brought by Circleville Police Officer David McIntyre to Friday in the Park last year.

CIRCLEVILLE — Friday in the Park has returned, but this time with an all-new location and new amenities.

Each Friday from June 21 through Aug. 2, an event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park located at state Route 188 and Pontius Road. The events are free and include crafts, games, exercise and educational opportunities.

Brenda Short, organizer for the event series, said the events this year include the themes of Cops & Kids on June 21; Emergency Equipment, on June 28; Moon Madness, July 5; Gardening and Bugs, July 12; Nature Around the World on July 19; Art Explosion, July 26; and Back to School Safety on Aug. 2.

“The activities are geared toward children pre-school through fifth grade,” she said. “They’re all a lot of fun. I know Circleville Police Officer Dave McIntyre has a big event planned on Aug. 2 with back to school safety.”

Michelle Callihan, community relations coordinator for the Pickaway County Library said their theme Moon Madness is all about their focus of a universe of books and reading, and as part of their summer reading program.

“It’s also the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this year, and we’re all about that,” she said. “In addition to reading, we’ll be making balloon rockets and we have a snack and some physical activities.”

Callihan said the library always wants to participate in Friday in the Park.

“Anytime we can go out and promote reading in the community, we’re all about that,” she said. “Friday in the Park is a good chance for us to see people who haven’t been to the library recently and encourage them to come visit us.”

Short said they wanted to make sure more children had a chance to attend this year, so they’ve partnered with Pickaway County Community Action to provide transportation and with the Pickaway County Family YMCA to welcome the kids to attend the free summer lunch program. Dairy Queen and Circleville Dairy Shed will also provide free frozen treats for the children that attend the events.

“If anyone needs transportation they can call in to the office and we’ll arrange it for them,” she said. “As a reminder all children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.”

Anyone interested in the events, or has questions, or to contact Short for transportation related to the event, can call her at City of Circleville’s Service Department at 740-477-8224.

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