Mayoral Musing: Summer Fun in Bridgeton

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Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly

Baseball at Alden Field, concerts at Riverfront Plaza, activities at Cohanzick Zoo, and Splash Park, too.

At least for me, the temperatures over the last month or so haven’t exactly inspired images of summer—maybe just a few hints here and there. But between these warming hints and the page on the calendar, it’s enough to get me looking ahead and thinking about some summer fun.

If that’s the case for you, then you don’t necessarily need to look all that far because right here in Bridgeton, we have plenty going on in this summer of 2018. Even as we get locked in on the Phillies, who I should say are off to a surprisingly strong start as of this writing, Bridgeton will be hosting its annual baseball tournament.

Starting on Wednesday, May 16, you can come to Alden Field in Bridgeton City Park and see some good regional baseball. Aside from the game itself, Friday evening will be dollar hot dog night while Saturday (May 19) will be fireworks night. On Sunday, May 20, while the Phillies are in St. Louis playing the Cardinals, the Phillie Phantic will be the special guest at Alden Field. The tournament will finish up on Monday, May 21, with the Championship round. Come out and see some great baseball as we get into the fat part of May.

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But there’s more than baseball going on. Things really kick into high gear with the Memorial Day weekend and the opening of the Splash Park. On that same holiday weekend, canoe and kayak rentals will start for the season and visitors to City Park can enjoy Sunset Lake and Mary Elmer Lake all summer long. A perfect ending to a day on the water might include some barbeque, and our picnic areas in City Park provide just the setting. City Park also has mobile food vendors. 

If you’re considering the Cohanzick Zoo, then look no further than “Tiger Talks,” which takes place each day at 2 p.m. Visitors can meet our Bengal tigers Mahesha and Rishi and learn about their natural habitats, tendencies, and the ways in which staff care for these special animals.

For something more, July will feature the start of Zoo Camp. Beginning Monday, July 9, with morning and afternoon sessions for 5- and 6-year-olds, Zoo Camp will be held on successive Mondays in July with sessions on July 16 for ages 7 and 8, July 23 for ages 9-11, and ending July 30 for youth 12-14 years old. The main focus is always the animals, but those attending the camp can enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and more. Parents can call 856-453-1658 for more information on sign-ups and registration fees.

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July is also the month for the Sunday Night Concert Series. Concerts will be held at the downtown Riverfront Plaza beginning July 9 and continuing through until August 12. Each evening’s show will start at 7 p.m. and those planning on attending should bring their own lawn chair for seating. The music varies from oldies and jazz to folk and contemporary. Regardless of the genre, it’s a fun way to top off a summer weekend.

For the parents among us, the Splash Park will feature “Whacky Wednesdays”  July into August. On those Wednesdays, admission to the Splash Park, which is normally $3, will be free beginning with the 1 p.m. session. Beyond that, the Splash Park is available to be reserved for private birthday parties and similar affairs; for more information, call 856-453-1675.

July is the month that features the weekly “Out to Lunch” program at the Cohanzick Zoo. Held each Monday beginning at 12 noon, children attending the series can look forward to a wonderful time filled with high energy, fun, and laughter. Children have the opportunity to participate in these programs, making it memorable for everyone. Attendees should bring a bagged lunch and be ready to enjoy great performances that might include anything from puppet shows and magicians to zoo presentations and everything in between. After the program, guests can enjoy the animals at the zoo, a few rounds of miniature golf, or beating the heat at the splash park.

No matter how the summer shapes up, City Park is there for our residents as well as our visitors from around the region. Whether it’s grabbing a quick bite from mobile food vendors or enjoying our waterways, venues, playing fields, courts, or trails, Bridgeton City Park is a destination that’s easy, accessible, local, and affordable…and we’re always glad to see you.

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