The Northwest Quadrant Neighborhood Association invites you to come out and enjoy a Saturday in the Park on April 23, 2011, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for a presentation about the plans for the park, fun and informative activities, music and an Easter Egg Hunt.
Beaufort, SC – Washington Street Park: Beaufort Northwest Quadrant residents and well wishers will gather in the Washington Street Park, at the corner of Washington and Newcastle St., for a ‘Day in the Park’ on April 23 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include a presentation of the plans for the park. There will also be musical groups and the festivities will culminate in an Easter Egg Hunt with more than a thousand eggs. There will also be various food vendors and other exciting opportunities to enjoy the park and participate in its growth.
The dream for the park comes from Henrietta Goode, a life long resident of the NW Quadrant, and was put on paper with the help of Eliza Hill, City of Beaufort Parks Superintendent. Together they have created a plan to bring the park up to the same level as the other major parks inside the city. The Washington Street Park was formerly known as The Beaufort County Negro Recreational Center for Negro Children and has been an integral part of the black community since the 1950s. It was the original location for Memorial Day activities, at a time when African-Americans celebrated the holiday as "Decoration Day." Each of the areas in the newly designed park will meet the needs of specific residents. On one end of the park, there will be two playground areas providing great fun for toddlers and small children, while at the other end will be playground equipment and activity areas for elementary school-age children. Between the two areas will be a full restroom facility that will be open during normal park hours. The amphitheater will be at the northwest corner of the park so that the entire park will be able to see what’s being presented. The full size basketball court and near-by volley ball court will be placed safely away from the smaller children’s areas. Picnic tables will be placed all around the park to make it a great place for everyone to enjoy.
The schedule of events will include musical groups from the community. Surrounding the park during the celebration will be a number of local food and local product vendors. The association is currently looking for volunteers to help with all phases of the celebration.