Children, teens and adults will enjoy Urbana’s Melvin Miller Park to its fullest July 10 and 11 during the Urbana Community ParkFest!, coordinated by the Urbana Parks and Recreation Department with the support of numerous sponsors (see sidebar).
From one end of the park to the other, the festival offers a full schedule of live music, several tournaments such as tennis, sand volleyball, disc golf and pickleball, two pool parties, a fishing derby, tethered hot air balloon rides, a cruise-in, beer and wine tasting, and food and beverages. The park is located at 731 Childrens Home Road and is accessible from Park Lane.
Many events are free, while a portion of the proceeds from others will help support a new Capital Improvement Fund established for the City of Urbana’s parks and recreation facilities.
“We look forward to having as many people as possible come out to ParkFest! and enjoy the full range of facilities that Melvin Miller Park has to offer,” Chris Stokes, Parks and Recreation superintendent, said. “The park has a lot to offer, from our pool, ball fields and tennis courts to our newer additions such as the disc golf course, the dog park and the remote control race track. The park is a true community asset.”
Nearly all events will be held in the park, with a few exceptions, mentioned in the following schedule:
Friday, July 10 events
-Concert on the park stage by Above the Law rock band, 6 to 10 p.m.
-Passport to Fishing program for youth, 6 p.m., at the pond, by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Free registration on-site (bring your own bait). First 50 kids receive a free rod and reel.
-Horseshoe tournament, 5 to 7 p.m. (registration on-site)
-Classic car cruise-in, 6 to 9 p.m.
-Save a Life public pool party by Suicide Prevent Coalition, $5 donation, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
-Beer and wine tasting by Mad River Farm Market, 6-8 p.m. at stage area
-Cornhole tournament for 21 and over, 7 p.m., registration on-site at stage area
-Beer truck, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 Events
Entry forms available at the Champaign Family YMCA and at facebook.com/UrbanaParkFestival:
-4-on-4 co-ed sand volleyball, 9 a.m.
-Huntsman Elite 3 on 3 basketball, 9 a.m., 10U, 13U, 15U & 18U
-Pickleball, 9 a.m., at Champaign Family YMCA
-Disc golf, 9 a.m.
-Family corn hole, 9:30 a.m.
-Tennis, 10 a.m.
-Horseshoes, 10 a.m.-noon
-Men’s slow pitch softball
Live Music Schedule
Several bands will perform on the park stage Saturday:
-Unto Him, gospel, 11:30 a.m.
-Four Guys, bluegrass, 12:30 p.m.
-Mike Fittro, classic rock, 1:40 p.m.
-Spring & Fall, country rock, 2:30 p.m.
-Mike Griffith & Friends, gospel, 3:30 p.m.
-Muleskinner Trio, classic country, 4:45 p.m.
-No Strings Attached, country rock, 7-10 p.m.
-Food and other vendors will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and a beer truck will be open noon to 10 p.m.
-Two-mile run, registration 8 a.m., start 8:30 a.m. at Champaign Family YMCA and finish at park. Sponsored by Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Y.
-Fishing derby with the Champaign County Bass Masters and ODNR, 8 a.m.-noon, at pond, free (bring own bait)
-Urbana Bluegroove Remote Control Raceway (east side of park), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-Inflatables, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
-Archery demonstration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Champaign County Shooting Sports and ODNR
-Urbana Fire Department water games, 1-3 p.m.
-Tethered hot air balloon rides, 6-9 p.m.
-Ohio Caverns hot air balloon launch from park, 6 p.m.
-Celebrity dunk tank, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., featuring elected and appointed city officials
-Champaign County Farmers’ Market, 2 p.m. at park, following 9 a.m.-1 p.m. downtown market
-NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition, 2-5 p.m. at football field at park, register on-site
-Champaign County Citizens for Canines selling pavers for the walkway at the entrance of Fido’s Field dog park. Canine friends, on a leash, are welcome.
-Free public pool party, 7-9 p.m., kick-off of Week of Hope, sponsored by local churches
-Exhibitors: Main Graphics, coloring contest and handouts; Head Start/Kids’ Learning Place, handouts; Boy Scout Troop 258; County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi; Security National Bank, face painting, games and handouts; Lawnview Preschool, free developmental screening and registration; and Sertell Chiropractic, free spinal screenings
For more information, or to volunteer at the festival, contact Cheryl Wade at [email protected] or the city park office at 937-652-1053.