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Second-Annual Community Picnic A Hit

Posted 6/29/2017

STAYING cool was easy for kids at Bentley’s picnic in the park thanks to several water activities, including wading pools and water squirters. STAYING cool was easy for kids at Bentley’s picnic in the park thanks to several water activities, including wading pools and water squirters. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Dozens of community members came together at Bentley Park on Saturday during the city’s second-annual picnic in the park. The event was a success, according to Shavon Morgan with the Parks and Recreation Committee.

“It felt bigger than last year,” she said.

Kids of all ages enjoyed water activities like wading pools, water squirters and an inflatable slip-and-slide. There was also a prize walk sponsored by the Bentley United Methodist Church and a bouncy house.

An abundance of hamburgers and hot dogs were catered by Smokin’ Tom’s BBQ of Halstead.

The weather was ideal, balancing between warm enough for water activities but not too hot for everyone else.

BENTLEY United Methodist Church sponsored a prize walk, like a cakewalk without the cake. Kids could win small toys or candy. BENTLEY United Methodist Church sponsored a prize walk, like a cakewalk without the cake. Kids could win small toys or candy. “It’s not too windy, not too hot,” Morgan said. “This is perfect weather.”

The success of the picnic was seen as a bellwether of what the young park’s future could hold. It’s hoped to become a place for people to play flag football, soccer, volleyball or other activities.

“One of my goals is to get people out here (to the park) and enjoy it,” Mayor Rex Satterthwaite said.

Satterthwaite himself found a way to enjoy Saturday’s activities by taking a turn on the slip-in-slide, something he also did at last year’s picnic.

“Whenever the next mayor takes over, they’ll have to do this too,” he said. “It’s a tradition now.”

Leading up the picnic, city staff had worked to prepare the park for the picnic and for general use. The week before, staff had installed a water spigot where a hose was connected to for water activities.

“We really appreciate city workers getting that water put in,” Morgan said.

Staff also sprayed the park for broadleaf weeds to eliminate stickers, making the grass more welcoming to children’s bare feet.

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