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Cedar Springs rocked the park with Maranda

3,500 kids and families turn out for free food and fun

Maranda gets the crowd pumped up at the first park party of 2012.
Photo courtesy of WOODTV.

Maranda kicked off the Park Party season in Cedar Springs last Thursday, June 21 with a bigger and better bash than ever before. The first party in the summer lineup was held from Noon-2:00pm at the Public School Complex, with about 3,500 attending. The storms held off, so that thousands of families could enjoy free fun, food, activities, games and prizes.

“Kicking off the 2012 Park Party season in Cedar Springs was ideal! It was great working with the City of Cedar Springs and the Public Schools,” said Maranda. “The best part of the day was meeting so many amazing kids and families who were enjoying an afternoon of free fun!”

The Cedar Springs Park Party offered kids and families an afternoon of unforgettable memories. The Public School Complex was packed with families who came early to enjoy a free picnic-style lunch of healthy grilled turkey burgers from Jennie-O Turkey, the Michigan Department of Education and the area Public Schools.

The stage rocked all afternoon with great entertainment including: Strike Percussion Ensemble, local dancers and Star 105.7. The Cedar Springs Park Party had tons of activities provided by local non-profit groups along with big attractions like the climbing wall, Country Fresh Bounce House and an inflatable obstacle course.


Amanda Gerhardt, Director of Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, coordinated the park party with Maranda and her team.

Rest of Park Party Schedule
(12pm-2pm) for 2012:

June 28 – Lamar Park, Wyoming
July 5 – Barry County Expo Center, Hastings
July 12 – Kollen Park, Holland
July 19 – Northwestern Middle School, Battle Creek
July 26 – Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan

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Park parties kick-off summer in Cedar Springs

Maranda is excited to return to Cedar Springs with free fun for families!


Maranda onstage at the Park Party here in Cedar Springs in 2010. Photo courtesy of WoodTV

Summer can officially get started on Thursday, June 21! That is when Maranda will be returning to Cedar Springs for another summer of Park Parties. The Cedar Springs Public School complex will once again be rockin’ with two hours of free food, games, rides, entertainment and valuable community resources.

“The Cedar Springs community is excited to have Maranda back for a third time and we are ready to help kick off the 2012 season,” said Amanda Gerhardt, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Cedar Springs. “We will be working on parking, activities, and more for the day in order to make in another success for thousands of community members.”

Cedar Springs previously hosted a Maranda Park Party in 2008 and 2010, with over 4,000 in attendance both years. The party will again take place in the large field outside Cedar View Elementary School and guests can expect the same great party atmosphere, but with a new twists.

“Something unique to our Cedar Springs Park Party is a partnership with Jennie O,” said Maranda. “Working with the Cedar Springs Public Schools, Jennie O will be providing every party guest with a delicious grilled turkey burger for lunch.  This is something we’ve never done before and are excited to offer this to families in Cedar Springs.”

For the past 18 years, Maranda has hosted free Park Parties around West Michigan.  All parties include treats from sponsors including McDonalds, Cheez Kurls, Ice Mountain and Country Fresh Ice Cream, several large scale inflatable activities, continuous stage entertainment, and interactive booths hosted by local non-profit organizations.

In 2011 over 30,000 kids and families attended Maranda’s Park Parties enjoying an afternoon of fun in their own neighborhood. Below is the complete lineup for this year’s events.

2012 Park Party Dates and Locations

June 21 – Public School Complex, Cedar Springs

June 28 – Lamar Park, Wyoming

July 5 – Barry County Expo Center, Hastings

July 12 – Kollen Park, Holland

July 19 – Northwestern Middle School, Battle Creek

July 26 – Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan

All parties are held from Noon to 2 p.m.



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