The Party at the Creek is returning after its successful launch last year. The enviro-friendly event is set for Thursday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Alum Creek Park North. Featuring explorations of nature, tours of scenic green spaces and waterways, and family-friendly fun, Party at the Creek celebrates the environment in community block party style.
The Party will be set throughout the park, lined with vendors providing environmentally-friendly demonstrations and exhibits. Regional wildlife, including turtles, birds and snakes, will capture the attention and imagination of kids and adults alike, and educational opportunities ranging from arts and crafts to local safety programs will be featured. Free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be available for everyone throughout the event. In addition to the shelter house, a large family area will be reserved for picnicking on the lawn.
The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department will lead organized games and activities, including Frisbee golf, sand volleyball, basketball and canoeing. Boater and canoe safety demonstrations will be held along the banks of Alum Creek near the fire station.
Other City departments will feature programs and services, including experts from the Westerville Electric Division presenting on energy- and cost-saving opportunities and programs. Free CFL bulbs are available for the taking while supplies last. The Westerville Divisions of Fire and Police will also participate.
Tours of the Water Treatment Plant will guide visitors through the facility that treats 7.5 million gallons a day and explain the water treatment process that services more than 15,000 homes and businesses in the City. Tours will take place at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Interested participants should gather by the Shelter House in Alum Creek Park 10 minutes in advance of each tour (6:20 and 7:20 p.m.).
Community organizations help produce the event, coordinating hands-on activities and interactive features, including creative arts projects using recyclable products and entertainment. Special thanks to the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, Otterbein University and the Westerville Public Library for their contributions.
Plan to bring items from home for recycling. Drop-off containers for old eyeglasses and cell phones will be on site, as will a bin for the proper placement of retired American flags.
Party at the Creek now combines two events into one, replacing the WessieFest and Plan-It Green Exposition. WessieFest traditionally attracted groups to Otterbein Lake to explore how nature and wildlife interact in our community. The Plan-It Green Expo was designed to increase awareness of Westerville initiatives, programs and activities that encourage conservation, recycling and eco-friendly practices.