RLA Park District’s “40 Years of Fun Block Party” was held on July 26, 2014
Utilizing the beautiful grounds of Hart’s Hill Park, the Round Lake Area Park District put on one heck of a show. There were live bands to entertain the guests, great food to fill a hungry belly, loads of crafts for the young to try their hand at, all types of bouncy type games, BINGO for all ages, long-drive golf for beginner to pro, touch-a-truck featuring several big rigs, soccer clinics, marshal art demonstrations, and oh so many Princesses and Comic Book Heroes putting smiles on everyone’s faces. The event started around 11:00 and ended at 5:00 with the highlight being a 600+ Duck Drop from a helicopter onto a painted bull’s eye below. Raffle tickets for the Duck Drop were $5.00 with a 50-50 split to the winner, who ended up being Tim Pasternak. The balance will go towards Recreation Scholarship programs.
The 40 Years of Fun Block Party celebration was meant as a way to show how the Round Lake Area Park District continues to bring quality recreational programs to our community. This celebration showcased all that the Round Lake Area Park District has to offer, including child care, athletics, etc.
As a resident of the area since the late 60’s I can recall when all we had was one Jaycee Park at Highland and Lake Shore Drive that members, including myself, mowed and maintained the equipment. Often times our mowers discovered an overlooked can or other hidden debris in the grass that damaged our mower blades. That was back when Carl Schrimpf was the Mayor of Round Lake Beach and Russ Kraly and his wife, Connie, were also involved. At the time a young fellow who was selling cedar homes was President of the Jaycees and he lived in one of the two models behind Orlando’s off of Rollins Road. It was a good bunch of local citizens who never dreamed that the area would end up with such a wonderful park district that we can all be proud of.
The following video is made up of over 80 short clips with appreciation awards included at the end of the video. The bands were great but when you stitch pieces together they don’t sound so great so I used some background music from the earlier days featuring the Everly Brothers starting with their hit single “All I Have to Do Is Dream” which is all this was 40 years ago, just a “Dream’.
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