The city of Monument hosts the first Party for the Parks, a fundraising event for the city’s parks department.
Madeleine VanDenHook, director of parks and community partnerships at Monument, calls Saturday’s party “Mike’s brainchild.”
It’s about Mike Foreman, City Manager of Monument, and he “would like to see this event become an annual event.”
Foreman has directed several parties for Parksesque events in other cities he has managed, and he’s excited.
Not only for a fundraising opportunity, but also to “bring some nationwide groups to the Monument.”
There will be plenty of live music at the event, with Grammy-winning country rock band Reckless Kelly headlining in particular. A beer garden, various vendors and local food trucks complete the celebration.
“We are a growing community,” Foreman said. “Monument has a lot of room to grow,” and the city needs more shared public spaces and green space.
“We need space for pickleball fields, football fields, baseball fields, basketball courts, walking trails,” Foreman says, noting that this is an abbreviated list.
While Foreman handles logistics, VanDenHook advocates for the emotional impact of parks on society.
“Parks are important,” she says, “because they improve the quality of life. Residents and visitors should have places where they can relax and enjoy open space in the community.”
All proceeds from Party for the Parks will go towards a “parks master plan” dedicated to improving and expanding the Monument public park system.