The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 26, 2013

City event will showcase renovated playground

Tom Lavis

JOHNSTOWN — Family fun is spreading throughout Johnstown one neighborhood at a time.

For the fifth straight year, the Johnstown Community Event hosted by the city of Johnstown will locate its popular gathering at a different location, which gives each neighborhood a chance to welcome the free festivities.

The 2013 edition will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the West End Playground at Brush Avenue and Duwell Street and Route 56.

The community event started as an evening at Point Stadium in 2009 and has grown into an all-day event, said Renee Daly, economic development specialist with the city and event coordinator.

“We continually get more and more people each year as we move the event from one neighborhood to the next,” Daly said. “It has turned out to be a great way to showcase each location in the city.”

Past events have been held at the Point Stadium, Roxbury Park and Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Greater Johnstown High School.

Daly said this year’s festivities are the unofficial grand opening of the renovated playground, which underwent a $190,000 facelift.

Contractors completed the wall and bank work at the playground, installed new play equipment, added a pavilion and picnic tables, and replaced an old tennis court with a basketball court.

“It truly is the gateway to the city,” Daly said. “We will put the new additions to good use.”

The fun-filled, family-oriented day will include live music, food, and activities for children and families.

The food selections include pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, sno-cones, chips and beverages.

“It’s your typical picnic fare for this rain or shine event,” Daly said. “We will have several arts and crafts, as well as two new inflatables for children to enjoy.”

Music will be performed by Painted by Millions.

“We also have the  Kulani, a West African Dance Troupe, as part of our lineup,” Daly said. “They will be the final performance from 4 to 5 p.m.

Project Street Kids, a community service group, will be on hand to assist children with painting garden rocks, which they can take home.

“Children also will be invited to help paint three trash cans, which will stay in the playground,” Daly said.

There will be a noon herb and cooking demonstration by Mateo’ Herb Galore. People will see an omelet with garden-grown herbs being prepared on a grill.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in face painting, finger painting and the Learning Lamp’s imagination playground, which is made up of foam blocks in unique sizes and shapes.

The HT High Flyers jump rope team from Ligonier will be on hand to demonstrate their skills.

If you go

What: Johnstown’s Community Event.

Where: West End Playground at Brush Avenue and Duwell Street and Route 56.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission: Free.

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