The activities line-up is ever-growing for the first annual “Parkfest,” hosted by Nacogdoches Parks Advocacy League (PAL). A groundswell of support from community businesses and organizations will enrich the experience forthe family field day planned for Saturday, May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches, 507 S. Pecan Street. The event, performances, displays,and all game activities are free and open to all ages.
Recently added sponsored activities include a Bounce House; Rubber Duck Pond; Pony Hops; Adopt-a-Pet; Service Animal Meet and Greet; Water Balloon Toss; Obstacle Course; Jewelry Making; Silly Putty Making;H.O.R.S.E. Hoops Challenge; Ladderball; Rubber Glove Race; Touch-A-Truck featuring ambulance, police, fire, mail, and garbage trucks, as well as 4-wheelers; a performance by Gobel School of Dance; and paper hat folding.
PAL-sponsored activities include face painting; sidewalk chalk; beanbag toss; Playground Portraits Family Photo Booth; raffle for summer activities and equipment; and all-afternoon field games that include: kickball, freeze tag, Red Rover, sharks and minnows, a 3-legged race, and a family relay.
“Everyone loves Field Day,” says PAL member and Parkfest chair Lindsey Earle. “It’s a carefree time when fun, friendship, and fresh air rule the day. It’s a celebration of the beginning of summer and just being a kid, no matter how old you are.”
Parkfest is a new, annual event for PAL, which hopes to re-invigorate and revitalize the movement to improve City parks that began last year and is in full bloom again as Spring winds its way back. “To know our City parks is to love them” says PAL President Mary Turner. “Our organization has great momentum anytime our supporters can get out in the parks and make great memories and that’s what we intend to do with Parkfest. It is thanks to the generosity of our local business community that Parkfest has been made possible and that Temple Spray Park [PAL’s 2015 Project of the Year] will see many upgrades this year.” PAL wishes to thank the following business and individual sponsors for their contributions to Parkfest and the 2015 Project of the Year: A&D Hydraulics; Atlas Credit; The Bike Shop; Carmike Cinemas Nacogdoches; CASA;The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; E-tech; Eaton Power Systems;Falon Boutique; Girl Scouts;Gobel School of Dance; Head Pediatrics; Healthy Nacogdoches; International Tours and Travel;Lumberjack Printing;Merci’s World Cuisine;City of Nacogdoches; Nacogdoches County Democrats; Nacogdoches Humane Society; Nacogdoches Memorial Health; Pineywoods Beekeepers Association; Pineywoods Pediatrics; Pizza Hut-University; Pop Images; Rees Jewelry;ReNac;Shelley’s Bakery Café; Simply Pictures by Wendy Floyd; Skate-o-Rama; Smoothie King; Splash Kingdom; Tanglewood Learning Center; Texas Pro Bowl; John and DondaThomasson;Tracy’s Custom Carpentry; T-Rex Customs; Turner Manufacturing, LLC; Tutor Doctor; Union Café; United States Postal Service; Wal-mart; Angela Wiederhold; Woodland Hills Golf Course; Zip Nac.
Though Parkfest is a free event, PAL is raising money for the event through business sponsorships and is accepting individual donations as well. In addition to free activities, a $1-$2 fresh snack market, a $1 raffle, $1 face paint by local Nacogdoches artists, and PAL gear ($5 and up) will all be for sale to benefit PAL’s 2015 Project of the Year: beautification and upgrades to Temple Spray Park. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the group online or through the mail or online at any time through the PAL web site palnac.com.