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Holbrook Palmer Swing in the Park
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by Laurel Timpson, Atherton: other,
on Aug 30, 2009
Swinging festivities for children and adults will be happening at the Sunday, September 13th "Swing in the Park" fundraiser for Holbrook-Palmer Park. In its fourth year, this year's event celebrates the community's strong community support for Holbrook-Palmer Park and the realization of two projects that are part of the Holbrook-Palmer Park Landscape Master Plan. The success of prior years "Swing in the Park" events, other fundraising by the Atherton Dames and a state grant has made it possible to fund the Pedestrian Bridge which is affectionately referred to as the B.C.E. (Baby Carriage Entrance) and the Water Tower Garden. Much anticipated, the Pedestrian Bridge will open within a couple of weeks. The bridge will allow park users to more easily enter the park and it provides an improved connection to the town center and library . The Water Tower Garden project broke ground two weeks ago and already the changes seem remarkable. This garden will transform what was a lost space used for temporary parking into a lovely lawn garden surrounded by trees. Opportunities for formal or informal gathering, events and casual play can all take place in this new and novel park space.
This annual event is more than a fund raiser. It is an event that provides the entire community, the opportunity to connect and have fun in a beloved park. The festivities include live music by the band Dream Posse, a catered BBQ by Luttiken's and good wine. Fun field games, including the good old potato sack race, egg and spoon race, clowns, a bounce house and a special Parrot show will entertain children and adults alike. A live-auction and a silent auction will also be featured. The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Atherton Dames and the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation. Proceeds will go toward future improvements that are part of the Landscape Master Plan that was developed and envisioned by the community.
Tickets are $700 for a table of 10, $75 for opening seating, children under 12: $15, and children under 2 are free. For reservations call 234-8447.