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Photos: Celebrating local parks

Booths from various organizations line the walking path for the Party in the Park July 26, 2018, to teach passersby about local wildlife, geology and more. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
The New Riverside Ramblers kick off the evening of Party in the Park with lively Cajun-style music. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
One activity set up for kids this year was a bouncy obstacle course. Kids raced through tunnels, over and up walls to combine exercise and fun. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Community members celebrated their local parks Thursday, July 26, with the Hastings Parks and Recreation department's Party in the Park event.

For the third annual celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month, Party in the Park saw more than 200 guests in the first hour.

Party in the Park was held at Levee Park and allowed guests to come and go from 5:30- 8 p.m.

The party hosted a wide variety of events including live music, bounce houses, food and crafts.

Guests had the opportunity to decorate their bikes and their strollers and learn about the areas wildlife and more.

The same, but different

The annual celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month has been held in Hastings on the fourth Thursday of July.Although the entertainment, food and activities change, the goal is to create the same feeling every year, according to Paige Marschall Bigler, recreation programming specialist for the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department.

"We want (the event) to be expected," Bigler said.

Every year features a variety of local organizations that are focused around outdoors and nature, such as the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center which set up camp at the party this year.