Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Who's on First?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Who's on First?

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In May 2016, 240 residents of Cullman, Alabama, gathered for dinner on First Street--literally in the center of the street. Under a canopy of twinkling lights, they sat down at a 300-foot-long table to enjoy a catered meal provided by a local restaurant. "There is nothing quite like sharing a meal with 240 of your neighbors to foster a sense of community," says Rusty Turner, chairman of the Park Board.

This, the inaugural "Dinner on First" event, was the brainchild of the Cullman City Parks and Recreation, and it was a sold-out success. The city of Cullman wholeheartedly embraced this innovative approach to raising funds to help build a park on the west side of town. Each ticket sold for $100, and the $20,000 raised will augment funds already set aside by the Cullman Parks and Recreation Foundation. The park, to be named "The Connected Park," will be dedicated to all children of every ability and need.

Along with a fine meal, the event also included the conferring of an award dedicated to those who are committed to local parks and recreation. …

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