IM celebrates City Park
By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN – Eight hours of musical entertainment along with food, drinks and games are planned for the third annual Saturday in the Park on Saturday to benefit City Park in Iron Mountain.
The fund-raising event will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with four different performances planned, starting with Karaoke with Vicki Bourassa from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Two $50 gift cards from Walmart will be the prizes for the karaoke competition.
The acoustic guitar duo of Bob Norton and Jim Chartier will take the stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the City Limits Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the band Oz finishes out the evening from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Organizers noted that Dave Sullivan of Upper Audio Sound Production is volunteering his time by providing the audio and stage for the entertainment.
During Saturday in the Park, City Park will be closed and no one can enter without a bracelet. The cost is $5 for those age 21 and older; or $3 for ages 13-20. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.
The day also features a dunk tank manned by city officials and other county and state representatives to help raise money for the park. Jeff Crosson of Skate Boulevard will have a skate board activity at the park and a bounce house is going to be set up for kids by Ted Margis of Jumpin 4 Joy.
Children can have their faces painted, get balloon animals or buy glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces with the proceeds going to the fund-raising efforts.
The Iron Mountain Fire Department’s Fire Safety House will be parked during the day for children and adults to get information on fire safety and an Iron Mountain Police Department squad car will also be there.
A special drawing is planned during the day with attendees getting to buy tickets for a chance at winning an autographed Green Bay Packers football. Econo Foods in Iron Mountain is also taking donations of $1 from customers to go to support the park.
Food and drinks will also be on sale at the park during the fund-raiser. No carry-ins will be allowed.
Organizers noted that this event would not be possible without sponsors. Grede LLC is a major sponsor for Saturday in the Park with the Midtown Mall and Verso Paper as big sponsors. Other sponsors include Dickinson County Healthcare System, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, First National Bank, Champion Inc., accountant Mike Laydon, and CCI Systems.
The city of Iron Mountain received a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for $500,000 to make improvements to City Park. As a part of the grant, the city was required to come up with matching funds of 26 percent or $175,000, which includes inkind donations. Saturday in the Park helps in this effort to raise the extra money for the park project.
In kind donations for the projects at the park have come from Bacco Construction Co., Gene Carollo and Lakeside Builders, organizers said.
Work under way this summer at City Park includes installing restrooms and sewer near the bocce ball courts, putting a trail around the deer pen and a paved loop around the park, a new pond liner and aeration foundation at the pond in the deer pen, and putting in a two-way road on the current exit side of the park. This new road will help reduce traffic around the playground area and provide better access to the new athletic fields.
The fund-raising efforts are being conducted by the Friends of City Park committee with many volunteers helping with Saturday in the Park, noted Kay Villa, president of the committee.
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