City Park events set for summer

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — With summer fast approaching, Gallipolis City Park has always served as a hub of communal activity and the coming summer is looking as busy as ever.

According to the Gallipolis Parks and Recreation Office, Gospel Singing in the Park is anticipated to make a return starting this Friday at 7 p.m. in City Park and is anticipated to be held every Friday from May through August. National Peace Officers Memorial Day will be held May 15 at 11 a.m. in honor of local officers who gave their lives in the line of duty and those who continue to do so. Area government officials are anticipated to give proclamations honoring local officers and Gallipolis traditionally recognizes and awards officers who go above the call of duty.

First Friday held its launch last week and intends to operate into the summer along Second Avenue, the first Friday of summer months. The event is designed to emulate larger city gallery hops and entertainment evenings where Second Avenue organizations will host bands and art shows for patrons to visit.

The Gallia Relay for Life is anticipated to make its return the weekend of June 2. Community fundraising and cancer research supporters will come together to once again celebrate survivors and remember passed loved ones.

Rodney Pike Church of God will hold its annual Party in the Park June 10. While River Sweep will be held June 17 in the Public Access Area across First Avenue from City Park where volunteers can help in the efforts to collect trash alone the Ohio River shoreline.

Tabby Lambert is anticipated to hold “Exercise in the Park” the first Saturday of June, July and August from 9 to 10 a.m.

Gallipolis River Recreation Festival will return as Gallipolis celebrates Independence Day both July 3 and 4.

America in Bloom judges will fly into town to examine the Gallipolis in Bloom’s city beautification efforts both July 13 and 14 while the Hoop Project will make its return both the 15 and 16.

The Gallipolis Car Club is anticipated to hold its annual car show in City Park Aug. 12. Aug. 19 with mark the date of City Park’s annual yard sale where citizens can rent table space and get rid of unwanted items in the park.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright