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A Picnic in the Park: Evelyn's Park Phase 2 Debuts

Updated: 
Wednesday, April 27, 4:32 pm
Caroline Siegfried
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  • adult and child

    Cathryn and Andi Schmeltz snack on popcorn from The Buzz booth.

  • adult and child

    Cynthia Nguyen and Austin Brumley enjoy a snowcone.

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    A painted rock from the City of Bellaire Culture & Arts Board booth.

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    Twins Davion and Davria Dovai paint rocks at the City of Bellaire Arts & Culture Board booth.

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    The picnic tables outside of Betsy's, located in Evelyn's Park.

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    The AVB Music Young Artists Showcase, featuring The Plearz band. From left to right: Aubrey Robinson on bass, Reede Robinson on drums, and Oliver O'Grady on guitar. 

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    The whole family at Picnic in the Park! Top row: Big O, Jay Williams. Middle row: Davion Dovai, Davria Dovai, Kaye Allen, Jaxson Williams, Jaycee Williams. In front: Mimi

  • two girls

    Friends Audrey Sioco and Maddie Kimmel play with a beach ball after tie-dying a shirt.

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    Bellaire Police Officer Trujillo and his son enjoy the beautiful day under the new Trevilion shade structure.

  • children at play

    Several new features are opening in "Phase 2" of Evelyn's Park, like this new Splash N' Play Area. The new shade structure, the Veranda, is directly behind it.

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    Another new feature in Phase 2 will be Discovery Hill, which will include giant mounds to jump and play on, grass reeds, a fan slide, a tunnel, and giant lily pads for shade. This play area was designed for younger children.

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    Mount Bellaire will be the primary play area for older children. It will include a giant mound to play on, steppers, concrete slide, and log jam play structure.

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    Angie Leventhal, member of the Bellaire Culture & Arts Board, stands next to Chair of the Board Gay Mayeux.

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    Editorial assistant Caroline Siegfried (right) and volunteer Audrey Finch handing out popcorn at The Buzz booth!

    Nine hundred (yes, 900!) cups of popcorn were passed out at The Buzz booth, bravely served by editorial assistant Caroline Siegfried and volunteer helper Audrey Finch. 

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    Event committee chair Karen Bookstaff and event committee member Jan Pappert. 

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    Teen ambassador coordinator Kim Reichert and teen ambassador Tanvi Dubey.

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Evelyn’s Park is a Bellaire neighborhood hub that’s often full of families, and their Picnic in the Park celebration was no different. From noon to 4 p.m. last Saturday, neighbors gathered for a triple celebration: the fifth anniversary of Evelyn’s Park, a preview of the park's new “Phase 2” features, and Earth Day. There were endless kids’ activities and crafts, including a tie-dye booth from Evelyn’s Park and rock-painting from the City of Bellaire Culture & Arts Board. 

Kid at tie dye booth

Michael Rodriguez at the tie-dye booth.

Expert advice was available at the tie-dye table from Suzie Daum, aka “the tie-dye mom.” Another booth gave away 5,000 free seedlings in honor of Earth Day, donated by Trees for Houston. Trees included American Beautyberry, Sweetgum, Turk's Cap, Bald Cypress, White Oak, Bur Oak, and Native Pecan.

Rock Bottom band

The band Rock Bottom, all 6th-graders, from the AVB Music Young Artists Showcase. From left to right: Bennett Thomas on guitar, Grant Hilliard on bass, Henry Grace on drums, Judson Morrison on guitar. (Photo: Jan Fortune)

Music was provided by the AVB Music Young Artists Showcase, with several bands featuring young musicians, including the band Rock Bottom. Band director and instructor Alex Botrie manned the switchboard. 

Phase 2 features of Evelyn’s Park include three new shade structures and three play areas. Four of the features of Phase 2 were previewed Saturday. Many families took refuge under the Trevilion, a new shade structure located near the Bellaire and Betsy’s side of the park. Kids kept cool in the newly opened Splash n’ Play area while parents watched from the Veranda, the adjacent shade structure. The Solar Pavilion was located farther from the main action, but provided a shady respite for a hot Houston day.

Two of the features were not yet previewed at the event, but are part of the new Phase 2 Features. The first is Mount Bellaire, which will be the primary playscape for older children, and will include a large climbing mound, concrete slide, and log jam play structure. The second is Discovery Hill, a playscape for younger children with several climbing mounds, grass reeds, a fan slide, a tunnel, and giant lily pad shade structures. Check out our slideshow above to see the three new playscapes. 

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that four of the Phase 2 Features were officially opened at the event. While some of the features previewed at the event, they are not yet officially open.

adult and child

Cathryn and Andi Schmeltz snack on popcorn from The Buzz booth.

adult and child

Cynthia Nguyen and Austin Brumley enjoy a snowcone.

hand holding rock

A painted rock from the City of Bellaire Culture & Arts Board booth.

two children

Twins Davion and Davria Dovai paint rocks at the City of Bellaire Arts & Culture Board booth.

Betsy's tables

The picnic tables outside of Betsy's, located in Evelyn's Park.

band

The AVB Music Young Artists Showcase, featuring The Plearz band. From left to right: Aubrey Robinson on bass, Reede Robinson on drums, and Oliver O'Grady on guitar. 

family

The whole family at Picnic in the Park! Top row: Big O, Jay Williams. Middle row: Davion Dovai, Davria Dovai, Kaye Allen, Jaxson Williams, Jaycee Williams. In front: Mimi

two girls

Friends Audrey Sioco and Maddie Kimmel play with a beach ball after tie-dying a shirt.

adult and baby

Bellaire Police Officer Trujillo and his son enjoy the beautiful day under the new Trevilion shade structure.

children at play

Several new features are opening in "Phase 2" of Evelyn's Park, like this new Splash N' Play Area. The new shade structure, the Veranda, is directly behind it.

play area

Another new feature in Phase 2 will be Discovery Hill, which will include giant mounds to jump and play on, grass reeds, a fan slide, a tunnel, and giant lily pads for shade. This play area was designed for younger children.

play area

Mount Bellaire will be the primary play area for older children. It will include a giant mound to play on, steppers, concrete slide, and log jam play structure.

two women

Angie Leventhal, member of the Bellaire Culture & Arts Board, stands next to Chair of the Board Gay Mayeux.

girls at booth

Editorial assistant Caroline Siegfried (right) and volunteer Audrey Finch handing out popcorn at The Buzz booth!

Nine hundred (yes, 900!) cups of popcorn were passed out at The Buzz booth, bravely served by editorial assistant Caroline Siegfried and volunteer helper Audrey Finch. 

women

Event committee chair Karen Bookstaff and event committee member Jan Pappert. 

adult and teen

Teen ambassador coordinator Kim Reichert and teen ambassador Tanvi Dubey.

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