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Mayor Purzycki Invites Citizens to Enjoy FREE Family Fun This Summer at City Parks; Daytime and Evening Events Offered

Post Date:07/03/2019 10:00 AM

 The seventh annual Summer in the Parks program is in full swing


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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today invited citizens to enjoy the 2019 season of Summer in the Parks, a series of interactive cultural experiences provided FREE in neighborhood parks around the city. The program, now in its seventh year, is a collaboration between the City and The Grand with additional support from New Castle County and The Wilmington Parking Authority. Summer in the Parks programs will continue through August 7.

Each week, Summer in the Parks features free interactive arts activities such as craft-making, Folk art and storytelling, dance and movement, theatre, and an assortment of music in City parks and public spaces. The daytime schedule is:

  • Mondays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Haynes Park
  • Mondays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Father Tucker Park
  • Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Helen Chambers Playground
  • Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Kingswood Community Center
  • Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Tilton Park
  • Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Barbara Hicks Park

In addition, Summer in the Parks will present six evenings of FREE music from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These events will take place once a week now through August 6 at the following sites: Helen Chambers Playground, Kirkwood Park, One Love Park, Union Park Gardens, and the Rodney Street Tot-Lot. FREE water ice will also be provided. A complete schedule of concerts is included at the end of this release.

“Wilmington is pleased to present another summer of free fun, entertainment and interactive opportunities for children and families in partnership with our friends at The Grand,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We continue to produce unique, first-rate artistic and cultural programs for all to enjoy. More than 21,000 City residents have benefited from hundreds of events since the summer parks program began in 2013.”

While The Grand serves as producer for the innovative program, it draws on a wide variety of artistic talent from Wilmington and the region. This year’s daytime artists include ASCAB Capoeira Delaware, Dance4Life, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Shakespeare, First State Ballet Theatre, GCJ Uniques, Griots Wa Umoja, LaFate Gallery, Maya Belardo Music, Melodic Movements, Pieces of a Dream, Pristine Raeign, Vanity Constance, and Wilmington Drama League.

A full schedule of activities and calendar updates will be posted on The Grand’s website at and Please note that all programs and schedules are contingent upon weather and subject to change.

Evening Events, 6-7:30 PM
Don’t miss these exciting opportunities for fun with the whole family! Enjoy music, dancing, art-making, and water ice! Six nights at six sites:

Tuesday, July 9: Salsa on the Street @ Rodney & 4th Streets
It’s a Latin dance party with music by DJ Jholi, Salsa and Rueda instruction from Michael Payne.
Tuesday, July 16: Reggae Night @ One Love Park
Spokey Speaky will be spreading the positive vibes of reggae music through their soulful, high energy live performance.
Tuesday, July 23: The Soulful Butterfly @ Kirkwood Park
Darnell Miller hosts Stacia Lachole, sharing her unique voice and the stage with Open Mic for community participants.

Tuesday, July 30: Open Mic/Park Jam  @ Helen Chambers Park
Hosted and curated by Richard Raw with music from Mike Djmikenite Johnson, featuring performances by Red Spade, Lil Novek (Beyond Those Bars) and Zookie West ArkinRight.
Tuesday, August 6: Music Discovery @ Union Park Gardens
Enjoy the sounds of First State Symphonic Band with musical selections to please all ages.

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