Ashlanders of all ages are invited to gather with neighbors and friends, new and old, for food, drinks, games, and a refreshing swim in Carter Park Pool (1112 Maple St) at a Community Picnic on Saturday, August 6th from 4pm-7pm.
Organized by the Town’s Community Engagement and Parks & Recreation Departments, the idea for the event originated from a caring and committed community member.
“I called and said I had an idea for a picnic where everybody comes together, no matter their color,” said Gloria Arnold, a long-time Town of Ashland resident. “I believe when we come together over good food and good conversations, we see each other for who we really are.”
“We’ve spent a lot of time physically separated from one another over the past two years and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to gather,” said Martha J. Miller, the Town's Community Engagement Manager. “When Ms. Arnold called me in June with her vision for a community picnic, I loved the idea and knew we needed to make it happen.”
- FREE Pool Admission
- Food & Drinks: Hot dogs from Ashland Kiwanis, barbeque with all the fixins’ from Around the Table, Mexican paletas (popsicles) from Los Regios Dulceria y Neveria, and ice cream sundaes from Sweet Sharae’s
- Beer & Wine Garden: Organized by Hanover Arts & Activities Center
- Games: Ashland-themed bingo, piñata, lawn games, basketball, soccer, and giveaways
- Music & Dancing: Courtesy of DJ Melvin Gates
“This event aligns with my goals to grow and expand the inclusivity of the Town’s Parks & Rec programming,” said Emmy Houck, Ashland’s Parks & Recreation Coordinator. “Carter Park Pool is one of Ashland’s best assets, so I’m thrilled to be able to offer free admission during the event.”
“Due to the pandemic, I think we’ve all come to value human connection even more and the role one’s community can play in getting us through hard times,” Martha added. “I want everyone to feel welcome, seen, and supported here. This is our invitation to all residents to come, meet someone new, and celebrate Ashland, together.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and picnic blankets as picnic tables are limited. Pack a picnic or purchase food, drinks, or sweets from the vendors listed above. Parking is available at Carter Park Pool, with additional parking available along Maple Street, South Center Street, and the Patrick Henry YMCA (217 Ashcake Rd). Walking, biking, and carpooling are highly encouraged. Click here for more information.