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Charleston Recreation Board planning for upcoming events

From the Cleveland Daily Banner: Following a successful Founders Day held at the Hoyt Berry Municipal Park in June, members of the Charleston Recreation Board are now planning for upcoming events in the city, even as early at thinking about Christmas.


The group met this week to discuss the upcoming Boat n’ Treat, which will also be at the city park the Saturday before Halloween — on Oct. 28.


This will be the second time this event has been staged in Charleston, and has been set up for the Saturday prior to Oct. 31 so it would not conflict with activities already planned for that evening.


Similar to last year, the Boat n’ Treat will consist of local boat owners bringing their boats to the park and handing out candy in the same tradition as the Trunk or Treats around the area. Not only is it a unique play on handing out candy to kids dressed up for Halloween, but it allows the owners to decorate their boats for the holiday.


More information on the Boat n’ Treat will be announced as it nears, but Oct. 28 is an important date to remember for another reason.


The recreation board discussed “Christmas in the Park,” and talked about the number of food and craft vendors to be at the event. It was decided around six food vendors would be a good limit, while not setting a limit on the number of craft vendors who might participate.


The board did set a deadline — Oct. 28 — on applying to be a vendor at the event.


A young couple who attended the Tuesday night meeting offered some suggestions on events the board might consider in the future, including a karaoke night at the park, and a movie night at the park which the board had already addressed.


The recreation board decided it would be good to do a test run on showing a movie at the park, and set Saturday, July 28, for that test. There is a possibility a movie might be shown at the Boat n’ Treat event.


Chairman Matt Wiley said the board needs to look at the possibility of buying new bleachers for the baseball field. The board did approve purchasing an edger to help maintain the ballfields, with a $300 limit on the cost.


The picnic tables at the Charleston River Park were also discussed, with some needing repair and some needing adjustments to meet ADA standards. Since the property has been annexed by the city, any work on the tables would not require TVA approval.