City of Lake Charles announces Partners in Parks Outdoor Fun series

City of Lake Charles announces Partners in Parks Outdoor Fun series
City of Lake Charles (Source: City of Lake Charles)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Lake Charles Mayor, Nic Hunter, announced Aug 3, a free series of fun outdoor events.

Partners in Parks Outdoor Fun series of events are scheduled each week during August and September. The events are family-friendly and will take place in parks throughout the city.

Events include activities such as Art in the Park, Lemonade Lectures History Walks, Nature Walks, Slime Parties in the Park, Yoga in the Park and more. The necessary supplies will be provided for each event.

The full slate of events includes the following:

· Saturday, August 8 – Art in the Park for Families: Buddy Prejean Park and Drew Parks with sessions at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

· Saturday, August 15 – Lemonade Lectures History Walk: Lock Park, 6 p.m.

· Saturday, August 22 – Migration: It’s a Risky Journey Nature Walk: Tuten Park, 8 a.m.

· Saturday, August 22 – Lemonade Lectures History Walk: 1911 Historic City Hall, 6 p.m.

· Saturday, August 29 – August Nature Appreciation Walk: Riverside Park, 8 a.m.

· Wednesday, September 2 – Oak Tree Conversation & Stroll: Central School with sessions at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

· Saturday, September 5 – Slime Party in the Park for Families: Lock Park and College Oaks Parks with sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

· Saturday, September 12 – Watercolor for Families: Buddy Prejean Park and Drew Park with sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

· Saturday, September 26 – September Nature Appreciation Walk: Riverside Park, 8 a.m.

· Saturday, September 26 – Yoga in the Park: Lock Park, 6 p.m.

City of Lake Charles announces Partners in Parks Outdoor Fun series
City of Lake Charles announces Partners in Parks Outdoor Fun series (Source: City of Lake Charles)

“Since launching Partners in Parks in 2018 it has been our goal to not only find creative solutions to improving our park infrastructure citywide, without additional burden to taxpayers, but also to engage community partners in helping us re-energize park programming to entice a new generation of park-goers,” said Mayor Nic Hunter. “COVID-19 has certainly sent 2020 in a direction none of us anticipated and with large gatherings, festivals and events all being cancelled, we wanted to offer a safe way for families to get outdoors and experience some educational fun.”

Due to ongoing COVID-19 mandates, pre-registration is required as attendance will be limited to ensure that appropriate social distancing can be enforced and mask-wearing is strongly encouraged.

All scheduled events are part of the City of Lake Charles Partners in Parks and Nature in Focus initiative. Events are being scheduled in partnership with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Sasol, Bob’s Tree Preservation, What Works, Girlie Girls and Seed Yoga + Flower Massage.

In July of 2018 Mayor Nic Hunter, on behalf of the City of Lake Charles, launched the citywide Partners in Parks initiative aimed at combining private and public dollars to improve park infrastructure and expand programming. Since its inception, Partners in Parks has added more than three quarters of a million dollars into City parks with no additional burden to tax payers.

For more information or to register, call 491-1280 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

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