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Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Evelyn's Park

Dylan Aguilar
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Ribbon cutting

Evelyn's Park Conservancy board cut the ribbon, signifying the official opening of the new park.  (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

An excited crowd gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Evelyn’s Park on Sat., April 22 for its Picnic in the Park event. Families laid out picnic blankets on the expansive lawn, while kids roamed around venturing to all corners of the park - sliding down the giant slide, Hula-hooping, climbing the hill and participating in the many activities offered on opening day.

Visitors took full advantage of the new park’s amenities and there were many exciting treats in store throughout the day. The Ivy & James café, which will open May 1, packed box lunches. Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon was on site displaying the work in progress for her Alice in Wonderland sculpture that will soon be the monument of the park. Kids also had the chance to pose for a photo opp with costumed characters Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter.

Evangeline Tardif, Olivier Tardif

Evangeline and Olivier Tardif. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

Local bands played on the stage, kids danced and families joined in the conga line. The big blow-out event came when bubbles were passed out and the park turned into an all-out bubble-blowing extravaganza.  

Check out our photo slideshow below with some highlights from Opening Day and be sure to check out Evelyn’s Park soon if you haven’t already.

Read about how Evelyn’s Park Conservancy President Patricia King-Ritter and her family got involved in the park in this story by Cathy Gordon, and check out photos from last week’s Dining by Fireflies preview event of Evelyn's Park. See upcoming events happening at local parks here

  • Cindy Tint

    Cindy Tint blows bubbles during the BBVA Drone Bubble Blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Yoav Kaufman, Gavin Maislos, Ethan Kaufman

    Yoav Kaufman and Gavin Maislos dig in the sandbox while Ethan Kaufman plays in the background. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Chris Lawson, Raisa Lawson, Rosely Lawson

    Chris and Raisa Lawson with daughter Rosely. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Zain Peterson, Kate Vetterling

    Zain Peterson and Kate Vetterling. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Zach Lavige, Trey Russo, Kade Richardson, Dylan Taylor, Eddie Kalmin

    Zach Lavige, Trey Russo, Kade Richardson, Dylan Taylor and Eddie Kalmin. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Anton Solazar

    Anton Solazar holds a toy airplane on the hilltop of the Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Jacqueline Willey, Hayley Willey

    Jacqueline and Hayley Willey. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Brian Standish

    Brian Standish and son Brian. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Shirley Li, David Matson, Lilli Matson, Embali Matson

    Shirley Li, David Matson with daughters Lilli and Embali. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

  • Zinnia, Neal and Ilan Garrett

    Zinnia, Neal and Ilan Garrett. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Ryan family

    Jason and Kathy Ryan with sons Robert and Thomas. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland

    Costumed characters Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland promoting the park’s wonderland experience. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Ely German

    Artist Ely German, a junior at The Emery/Weiner School, live painting at Picnic at the Park. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Ely German

    A close-up at student Ely German's work of art. She painted a landscape of Evelyn’s Park. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Elinor and Stella Shafer

    Elinor and Stella Shafer. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Anvshka Shukla

    Anvshka Shukla hula hoops at the fitness zone. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Emily Fair

    Emily Fair. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

     

  • Lilly, Sarah, and Jack Badgwell

    Lilly, Sarah, and Jack Badgwell. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Alice in Wonderland

    Costumed character Alice in Wonderland. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon

    Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon and the Alice in Wonderland model. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Tint family

    Za Za Pe with daughter Valerie Tint and Hlaing Tint with daughter Cindy. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Campbell family

    John, Tesla and Sia Campbell. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubble blowout

    Visitors at Evelyn’s Park took delight in the BBVA Drone Bubble Blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubble blowout

    Bubble blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubble blowout

    Bubble blowout (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubbles

    Bubbles (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubbles

    BBVA Bubble Blowout (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Bubbles

    Bubbles (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Slides

    Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Slides

    Kids enjoying the slides at the Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

     

  • Slide

    Slidin' around. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Slides

    Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Slides

    Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Pershing choir

    The Pershing Choir took the stage. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • Beer garden

    Park visitors hang out in the Beer Garden during Picnic in the Park. 

  • Callie, Catrice and Caroline Mays

    Callie, Catrice and Caroline Mays having a blast in the park and enjoying the giveaways - koozies, sunglasses, food samples and more. 

  • Conga line

    Visitors enjoying a conga line through the park.

  • Hokey pokey

    DJ Damon leads the crowd in a fun game of the Hokey Pokey. That's what it's all about. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

  • emery band

    Left of Nowhere, a band comprised of students from The Emery/Weiner school, performs. Pictured: Chase Goren on guitar, Clay Cohen on guitar, Blake Myers on drums, Phillip Rosenthal on bass guitar, Ben Levy on keyboard and vocals. 

  • Little boy

    A young park visitor all geared up to enjoy the fun day. 

  • Marcelo and Nico Kreindel

    Marcelo and Nico Kreindel having a blast at Picnic in the Park. 

  • Akinbayo family

    Olamide, David and Kayode Akinbayo celebrating the Grand Opening of Evelyn's Park.

  • Cindy Tint
  • Yoav Kaufman, Gavin Maislos, Ethan Kaufman
  • Chris Lawson, Raisa Lawson, Rosely Lawson
  • Zain Peterson, Kate Vetterling
  • Zach Lavige, Trey Russo, Kade Richardson, Dylan Taylor, Eddie Kalmin
  • Anton Solazar
  • Jacqueline Willey, Hayley Willey
  • Brian Standish
  • Shirley Li, David Matson, Lilli Matson, Embali Matson
  • Zinnia, Neal and Ilan Garrett
  • Ryan family
  • Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland
  • Ely German
  • Ely German
  • Elinor and Stella Shafer
  • Anvshka Shukla
  • Emily Fair
  • Lilly, Sarah, and Jack Badgwell
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon
  • Tint family
  • Campbell family
  • Bubble blowout
  • Bubble blowout
  • Bubble blowout
  • Bubbles
  • Bubbles
  • Bubbles
  • Slides
  • Slides
  • Slide
  • Slides
  • Slides
  • Pershing choir
  • Beer garden
  • Callie, Catrice and Caroline Mays
  • Conga line
  • Hokey pokey
  • emery band
  • Little boy
  • Marcelo and Nico Kreindel
  • Akinbayo family

More photos

Cindy Tint

Cindy Tint blows bubbles during the BBVA Drone Bubble Blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Yoav Kaufman, Gavin Maislos, Ethan Kaufman

Yoav Kaufman and Gavin Maislos dig in the sandbox while Ethan Kaufman plays in the background. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Chris Lawson, Raisa Lawson, Rosely Lawson

Chris and Raisa Lawson with daughter Rosely. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Zain Peterson, Kate Vetterling

Zain Peterson and Kate Vetterling. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Zach Lavige, Trey Russo, Kade Richardson, Dylan Taylor, Eddie Kalmin

Zach Lavige, Trey Russo, Kade Richardson, Dylan Taylor and Eddie Kalmin. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Anton Solazar

Anton Solazar holds a toy airplane on the hilltop of the Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Jacqueline Willey, Hayley Willey

Jacqueline and Hayley Willey. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Brian Standish

Brian Standish and son Brian. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Shirley Li, David Matson, Lilli Matson, Embali Matson

Shirley Li, David Matson with daughters Lilli and Embali. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

Zinnia, Neal and Ilan Garrett

Zinnia, Neal and Ilan Garrett. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Ryan family

Jason and Kathy Ryan with sons Robert and Thomas. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland

Costumed characters Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland promoting the park’s wonderland experience. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Ely German

Artist Ely German, a junior at The Emery/Weiner School, live painting at Picnic at the Park. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Ely German

A close-up at student Ely German's work of art. She painted a landscape of Evelyn’s Park. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Elinor and Stella Shafer

Elinor and Stella Shafer. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Anvshka Shukla

Anvshka Shukla hula hoops at the fitness zone. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Emily Fair

Emily Fair. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)  

 

Lilly, Sarah, and Jack Badgwell

Lilly, Sarah, and Jack Badgwell. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Alice in Wonderland

Costumed character Alice in Wonderland. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon and the Alice in Wonderland model. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Tint family

Za Za Pe with daughter Valerie Tint and Hlaing Tint with daughter Cindy. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Campbell family

John, Tesla and Sia Campbell. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubble blowout

Visitors at Evelyn’s Park took delight in the BBVA Drone Bubble Blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubble blowout

Bubble blowout. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubble blowout

Bubble blowout (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubbles

Bubbles (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubbles

BBVA Bubble Blowout (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Bubbles

Bubbles (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Slides

Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Slides

Kids enjoying the slides at the Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

 

Slide

Slidin' around. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Slides

Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Slides

Kids play on the slides at the park’s Children’s Natural Playscape. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Pershing choir

The Pershing Choir took the stage. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

Beer garden

Park visitors hang out in the Beer Garden during Picnic in the Park. 

Callie, Catrice and Caroline Mays

Callie, Catrice and Caroline Mays having a blast in the park and enjoying the giveaways - koozies, sunglasses, food samples and more. 

Conga line

Visitors enjoying a conga line through the park.

Hokey pokey

DJ Damon leads the crowd in a fun game of the Hokey Pokey. That's what it's all about. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar) 

emery band

Left of Nowhere, a band comprised of students from The Emery/Weiner school, performs. Pictured: Chase Goren on guitar, Clay Cohen on guitar, Blake Myers on drums, Phillip Rosenthal on bass guitar, Ben Levy on keyboard and vocals. 

Little boy

A young park visitor all geared up to enjoy the fun day. 

Marcelo and Nico Kreindel

Marcelo and Nico Kreindel having a blast at Picnic in the Park. 

Akinbayo family

Olamide, David and Kayode Akinbayo celebrating the Grand Opening of Evelyn's Park.

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