Community Update – Youth Set Kids to Parks Day, Cranberry Blossom Fest Activities, Recycling Rangers Support Community Beautification Efforts

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Youth Set Kids to Parks Day

This Saturday, June 18, members of the Mayor’s Youth Council invite you to attend a special community event designed to inspire residents of all ages to participate in a grassroots movement to discover America’s parks through play.

13346963_1040222296030936_2344153230500963719_nKids to Parks Day runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  at Robinson Park. All are invited to start their day of play there, and then venture out to all of our community’s other outdoor spaces throughout the day. Activities and refreshments will be available.

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 11.54.54 AMI recently proclaimed Kids to Parks day in Wisconsin Rapids, and I encourage local citizens to participate by exploring our expansive acres of city parks and miles of trails.

The Mayor’s Youth Council planned this event to commemorate National Park Trust’s sixth annual Kids to Parks Day, celebrated nationally on May 21. Like Wisconsin Rapids, other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “Active kids are healthy kids,” and encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active and healthy lifestyles.

For more information about our local Kids to Park Day, visit facebook.com/wirapids 

Blossom Fest Events and Activities

As Mayor of Wisconsin Rapids, I take special pride in welcoming the summer season by spotlighting our area’s annual Cranberry Blossom Festival. The 2016 Blossom Fest begins this Thursday and runs through Sunday, June 19. As always, this occasion offers something for every member of the family – more than 20 events, featuring live music, arts and crafts, tasty foods and a spectacular parade.

CranberryThese are a few of my favorite events:

  • Downtown Classic Cinema Under the Stars View a family classic  Thursday, June 16, on West Grand Avenue.
  • June Dairy & Berry Breakfast Dig into a pancake banquet, Friday, June 17, at Lincoln High School.
  • Friends of Rapids Music – Music Festival Jam with seven local bands, Saturday, June 18, at Robinson Park.
  • Arts, Crafts and Cranberries Fair; Festival Eats and Treats; and “Cruise In” Car Show Experience a feast for the senses, Saturday, June 18, at Witter Field.
  • Cranberry Blossom Festival Carnival – Enjoy rides, games and food, Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, at Witter Field.
  • Cranberry Blossom Fest Parade – Take in our annual pageant of civic pride, Sunday, June 19, along Grand Avenue.

To find complete details about all events and activities, visit blossomfest.com. I look forward to seeing you June 16-19!

Recycling Rangers Support Community Beautification Efforts

Clean GreenAs we continue to embrace our vision of a city that attracts and retains talented people and thriving businesses, I am encouraged by the efforts of local citizens to make our community as attractive as possible. Dedicated members of the Mayor’s Beautification Council, for example, have enhanced our City’s “eye appeal” by cleaning up neighborhoods, hanging flower baskets and coordinating the sales of trees to individual homeowners.

Another group that successfully strives to nurture our area’s image as a desirable place to live, work and play is Clean Green Action.  This grassroots environmental group engages in projects such as recycling campaigns and preparing grant applications for environmental initiatives (such as the designation of Wisconsin Rapids as a “Bird City”).

In addition, CGA organizes and deploys Recycling Rangers – residents who volunteer to help clean up before, during and after civic events. This summer offers several opportunities to help us put our best “face” forward to visitors – many of whom will be coming from beyond both state and national borders.

Special summer events include:

  • Ÿ Wisconsin Rapids Fourth of July Fireworks Display
  • Ÿ Wisconsin State Waterski Show, July 21-24
  • Ÿ Labor Day Celebration, September 5
  • Ÿ World Waterski Show, September 9-11
  • Ÿ Grand Avenue Grand Affair, September 11

For more information on how you can volunteer, contact Bill Clendenning at 715-323-5281, or Carol Davis at 715-459-6642. Or, you can sign up now by clicking here. If you have not shared the experience of being a Recycling Ranger, make it your goal to do so. As always, our City thanks you for your help. And if you know family, friends and associates who would be interested, please let them know how they can sign up. Many hands make light work!

Thank you for reading.

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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