Last year, the Rotary Club of Lincoln City approached the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department with an intriguing idea that originated with Rotary member Barbe Gibson-Jenkins. Barbe had just returned from a road trip during which she saw a ‘musical instrument’ play area in a public park. She thought Music in the Parks would be a great fit for Lincoln City. The Rotary Club agreed with her with a goal to make these musical instruments free and accessible to the community. Rotary members then pledged to raise funds for a Musical Instrument playground for Regatta Park.
The Parks Department enthusiastically accepted their project proposal, and the Rotary Club spent a year fundraising over $16k to purchase 5 musical instruments for Regatta Park. With installation completed by Parks Maintenance last week, the new outdoor musical instruments are ready for use, and are already a hit with our community!
To celebrate this community partnership and new park addition, the Rotary Club of Lincoln City and the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a “Music in the Parks” dedication ceremony on Sat 8/24, noon at Regatta Park. This ceremony will be part of the Oregon Children’s Music Festival (OCMF), which is an all-day event at Regatta Park.
The OCMF is kicking off this event by introducing their program “Piano.Push.Play”, which is a project that temporarily installs grand pianos in 5 of Lincoln City’s public parks: Regatta Park, 51st St/Taft, Nelscott Deck, Community Center, and the Public Plaza by Bob’s Books.
The Rotary Club of Lincoln City will be dedicating the new musical instruments to the Lincoln City community, with support from the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Board, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln City City Council.
This event is open to the public – all are invited!