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GlenFest aims to reclaim Glenwood Park
The first annual GlenFest will be held at Glenwood Park, 1925 W. Broad St., on Aug. 20 from noon - 5 p.m.
The Highland West Neighborhood Association (HWNA) hopes the festival will promote Glenwood Park and its recreation center, as well as the neighborhood surrounding it.
“The park has suffered much neglect over the past couple of decades,” HWNA President Geoffrey Phillips said. “We want people to rediscover it, along with its rec center and pool, see the potential and once again reclaim it as their own, filling it with children, families, activities and all things good.”
The HWNA received assistance from several sponsors to organize the event including, Friends of the Hilltop (FOTH), Hilltop Kiwanis, Hilltop Business Association, Hilltop Wellness and Chiropractic and Yay Bikes.
Each sponsor will have a booth at the festival that offers various activities and information about their organizations.
“It will be an opportunity for people to get to know a little more about some of the other organizations in the community,” FOTH President Gary Baker said. “A chance for them to get plugged-in to what’s going on.”
Baker mentioned FOTH will have membership applications on hand at their booth, in addition to their annual reports and other information.
There will also be local vendors on-site offering various food and beverages, including Jack’s Coney’s, El Haurache Veloz, and E.C. Barbeque.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Briggs High School Marching Band, Los Guerreros, and Global Death Plot.
The festival will also offer entertainment for children, including free balloons, snow cones, and other giveaways. There will be characters in costume roaming the park, and face painting will be available.
“This will bring people together that live in the neighborhood,” Baker said.
Baker added, “It will let them know that there are organizations out there that are interested in serving them, that they can get involved to help serve others and to help people understand that they are part of a neighborhood and part of a bigger community.”
“This will hopefully be an event held every August,” Phillips said. “We look forward to it expanding in scope as the years go by to draw people from all over the city and surrounding areas.”
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