The gathering kicks off at 3 p.m. and runs to dusk. The events committee has received special permission to make it a BYOB event, usually not allowed in the city park. Residents are encouraged to bring their own food to the park (some will be for sale), grill and just have fun. The park will hold a lot of people and events committee chair Scott Ferrel is expecting a big crowd at the event.
Three bands will be on hand and activities for the kids – games, frisbees, beach balls – face painting and chalk art will be part of the mix, too. Ferrel, a Roeland Park resident for two years, lives across the street from the park and thought it was being underutilized. An inquiry at city hall landed him on the events committee.
Planning for the event started in February. The committee talked about a festival, Ferrel says, and one member used to do block parties. Ferrel, now an insurance agency owner, also has work experience as an event coordinator. The last city-wide party, he believes, was in 2008 or 2009.
Other city committees will be involved and will have tables at the party with information on such varied issues as recycling, child safety and hosting your own block party.
About the alcohol, Ferrel says, it is welcome, “but don’t be stupid,” the police are going to be there, too.