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East Hills to celebrate new Cherry Park

Cherry Park has a new splash plaza, community space, stage area and a redesigned layout to increase recreation and neighbor interactions.
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Children playing at Cherry Hill Park

Children playing at Cherry Hill Park /Courtesy of East Hills Council of Neighbors

/Courtesy of East Hills Council of Neighbors

The East Hills Council of Neighbors will be throwing a party to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Park. The family-friendly event will take place at the park from 6-9 p.m. this Wednesday, August 26.

"The East Hills Council of Neighbors are very excited about all new amenities at Cherry Park. With the addition of the splash plaza and community space, Cherry Park is an even more exciting gathering place than it was before the improvements. The new open layout of the park offers more natural opportunities for people to interact. It's been wonderful to witness new friendships being made and support systems being built between parents," says Rachel Lee, Director of the East Hills Council of Neighbors.

From 6-6:30 p.m., parents and children can make music together with rhythm instruments during "Music Together with Michele Venegas." From 7-8:30 p.m. will be music from Vox Vidorra, the first band to play on the new stage area.

There will also be children's games and the splash plaza will be open all evening. Neighbors are encouraged to bring a picnic and get to know each other.

"Cherry Park is all about placemaking. It's a gathering place for friends to meet for a picnic, families to play together, basketball and tennis and for people relaxing in the urban environment, enjoying their neighborhood. Cherry Park is the best backyard all East Hills residents have and it's a destination park for people visiting our neighborhood."

According to Lee, park usage has increased 100% since the reopening of the park this past month.

"Being in walking distance from all the shops and restaurants in the East Hills and Wealthy Street business districts, we often see families enjoying the park and then walking to one of our local restaurants for a bite or beer," she says. "The quality of life in East Hills improves as we increase the amount of passive and active recreation opportunities and places to go for people to gather and have fun."

BYOB service is available to people age 21+. Any age 21+ persons wishing to drink alcohol will need to provide proper ID and will have to wear a wristband during the event.

The event is sponsored by American Realty, Brewery Vivant, Cherry Street Capital, Griffin Properties, Jonny B'z Dogs and More, Michael Properties LLC, The Green Well Gastro Pub and Grove.

Cherry Park is located at 725 Cherry Street SE.

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