‘Saturday in the Park’ event in IM

IRON MOUNTAIN – The fourth annual Saturday in the Park event will be held at City Park in Iron Mountain on Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight.

During the past three years, Friends of City Park has organized an event in July to have fun at the park as well as raise money for improvements and upkeep.

During the event, everyone entering City Park will need to buy a wristband. The cost is $5 for teens and adults, ages 13 and older. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free.

“While the park is free to use every other day of the year, on July 26, we need to charge for the event. This is our big fund-raiser and all money raised goes back into the park for improvements,” said Kay Villa, a member of the group.

While the projects funded by a Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant have been going on each year, the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee felt that another group needed to be in place. They were concerned about the future needs of the park as well as making sure that the improvements were kept up.

And with that idea came the organization of Friends of City Park. The goal of this nonprofit group is to raise money for the future of the park. Mostly recently, Friends of City Park purchased security cameras to be placed in various places.

According Villa, there are also plans to put a cement slab in front of the concession stand for muddy days and hopefully a sidewalk with lighting from the pavilion to the new restrooms.

She added that with all the projects completed so far, as well as what will be completed in this final stage, no city tax money was used. “It has all been done with the grant funds and business and personal donations of both money and inkind work.”

The final two projects at the park funded by the grant are to put in a skateboard park and a disc golf course – which will be completed this summer.

Sponsors for Saturday in the Park this year are MJ Electric, First National Bank & Trust Co. of Iron Mountain-Kingsford, Verso, We Energies Foundation and CCI Systems.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be four bands entertaining the crowds – Kindred from Iron River, local bands 141 North and Oz, and Bob and Jim. Dave Sullivan, of Upper Audio Sound Production, will be working the sound system as well as providing the stage, Villa said.

The dunk tank featuring local dignitaries will be back again this year, along with a 50/50 drawing.

For children, the fund-raiser will include a bounce house and slide, inflatable bowling, police squad car, fire house, face painting, balloon animals, duck pond, fishing pond and a photo booth.

Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

“Many volunteers help to make this day possible. It’s really a day of family fun for everyone and a great way to support the park,” Villa said. “We hope everyone will make plans to attend Saturday in the Park.”

Linda Lobeck’s email address is llobeck@ironmountaindailynews.com.