Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:34
Port Washington will celebrate the opening of Coal Dock Park with a host of activities — everything from a four-mile walk and run to a sky lantern launch — Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29.
The park, which is quickly becoming one of the city’s premier recreational facilities, is largely completed.
The Sept. 28 celebration will kick off with the 10 a.m. run and walk, which will largely follow the lakeshore.
Participants may check in beginning at 9 a.m.
“There is only about 100 yards where you aren’t within view of the lakefront,” Mayor Tom Mlada said.
Proceeds from the run and walk will go toward a pavilion in the park dedicated to Tyler Buczek and Peter Dougherty, who drowned last year.
Participants in the event are expected to arrive back in the park in time for the 11:15 a.m. dedication ceremony.
Live music will be performed by Port Washington’s Will Pfrang from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. and by Kojo, a reggae band, from 3 to 7 p.m.
A variety of family activities will be held throughout the afternoon.
Waterfront safety displays and outdoor sports activities will be featured.
Kite flying and a hot-air balloon are also expected to be part of the celebration.
A birding expert will offer tips and identify wildlife at the bird sanctuary on the southern portion of the park.
Food and beverages will be available.
The day will be capped with a 7:30 p.m. “Launch of a Lifetime.” As many as 500 biodegradable sky lanterns will be sold by Port Washington Main Street Inc. for the event.
On Sunday, the celebration will be similar to an open house with family activities from noon to 7 p.m.
Registrations for the run and walk are being accepted by the City of Port Washington. The fee is $20 for individuals, $50 for families and $125 for teams of six to 12 members.
For more information, visit the website www.ci.port-washington.wi.us.
The sky lanterns can be purchased for $10 through the Main Street portion of the website www.visitportwashington.com or by calling 268-1132.
Any lanterns left on the day of the event will be sold at the park.
Image Information: With the city lights of Port Washington in the background, Port Main Street Inc. Executive Director Sara Grover (right) and office manager Lauren Richmond released a paper sky lantern from Coal Dock Park Tuesday night in preparation for the park’s opening celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28. Main Street is selling lanterns to the public for what it’s calling The Launch of a Lifetime, which will be part of the celebration. Watching the trial run were Richmond’s husband Tim and their children Lily (left) and Nora. Photo by Sam Arendt