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City parks and rec has weekend of events

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on June 1, 2012 1:46 PM

Goldsboro Parks and Recreation is making certain there is no shortage of things to do during the first weekend of June, as the department has lined up a litany of free events beginning today and finishing up Sunday.

Today will offer visitors to Herman Park during their lunch break a bit of relaxation through the summer's first Music in the Air, which will float soothing tunes throughout the park beginning at 11:30 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m.

Saturday morning will kick off at 8:30 a.m. when those registered for Cruise the Neuse will gather at Waynesborough Park. From there, participants will be shuttled to where canoes and kayaks await in the Neuse river.

The program is scheduled to cast off at 9 a.m. and will continue through midday, depending on how quickly participants meander down the river. Hot dogs will be served at the conclusion of the trip.

Although the event is free, registration is required.

Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said the event is a collaborative effort between several agencies and sponsors that want to see the river and the county's watersports offerings promoted.

Goldsboro Fire Department will be on hand for medical and emergency support along with the ARR-MAC Water Response Team.

The boats, T-shirts and refreshments will all be provided thanks to sponsors from all over the county, Barnard said, adding he hopes the event will be one that is held each spring, summer and fall.

Saturday evening will feature the kick off the Summer Concert Series on the Herman Park Center Lawn with The Starlight Dance Band from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Herman Park will host the second installment of the Sundays in the Park series, featuring Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam.

Local art will be on display as well as local produce, baked goods and concessions for sale.

The first Sunday in the Park event, a throwback to a Goldsboro tradition from the 1970s, was considered an overwhelming success, Barnard said, but he met with Arts Council of Wayne County Director Sarah Merritt to discuss possible tweaks to make it even better this go-round.

Sunday in the Park will be held the first Sunday of each month through September.