Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Friends of Broadneck Park are asking the community to set up lemonade stands to help raise money for playground renovations.
A local volunteer organization is hoping Broadneck residents will chip in with lemonade stands to raise money for playground renovations at Broadneck Park. The Friends of Broadneck Park are organizing Broadneck Lemonade Stand Week to begin on Sunday. The idea is to set up a lemonade stand with your children or friends, and spread the word about donations to the park's playground. Event organizer Kara McGuirk-Allison said these stands are a great way to get kids involved in the summertime. "It's a great way to get the kids involved in improving their playground, and teaching them about making it accessible to all children," she said. In June, friends of Broadneck Park Amelia Peck and her two friends Lydia Bryce and Loralei Bryce sold …
Monday, July 30, 2012
More than 100 familes turned out for the Touch a Truck event at Broadneck Park over the weekend.
A group of hundreds turned out for a fundraiser last weekend involving kids and trucks. The Touch a Truck fundraiser, sponsored by the Friends of Broadneck Park and Broadneck Area Youth Sports, raised more than $1,500 for the park's playground and collected about 25 bags of food for My Brother's Pantry. Event organizer Kara McGuirk-Allison said more than 100 families turned out for the event at Broadneck Park. She posted a series of photos on the group's Facebook page and also sent a selection to Patch. The Friends of Broadneck Park have hosted a series of fundraisers this year, including a Kite Festival, in the hopes of replacing the park's playground equipment. They are also working on a golf tournament fundraiser for September.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Players should register for the tournament before the end of July, the organizer said.
A golfing tournament to benefit Broadneck Park's playground is gearing up for registration. The golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Bay Hills Golf Club in Arnold. To help promote the event, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis is giving away a car to anyone who can score a hole-in-one shot during the tournament. The event is one of several fundraisers organized by Kara McGuirk-Allison, who has been spearheading a variety of events dedicated to raising funds for new equipment at Broadneck Park's playground. In April, she hosted Broadneck's first-ever kite festival. The Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreations recently announced $35,000 in funding for the playground. McGuirk-Allison said she was thrilled with the news, but said …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Broadneck Park received $35,000 for playground renovations in the 2013 budget.
Persistence finally paid off—after fundraisers and spreading awareness across the county, Broadneck Park's playground secured funding in this year's budget for new equipment. The Friends of Broadneck Park (FBP), a community group spearheaded by Kara McGuirk-Allison, has sought to replace the existing playground with newer equipment. The goal is to make the equipment more accessible to children ages 2-12. Thanks to $35,000 from the Parks and Recreations Department in this year's budget, much of that work can be accomplished. County Executive John R. Leopold said in a press release issued Monday he was glad the playground will get its requested funding. "We are very grateful to our friends groups around the County who do so much to benefit …
Friday, June 1, 2012
A councilman said he would like more playground equipment for children.
The playground at Broadneck Park stands to get a $35,000 makeover thanks to Anne Arundel County's recently approved fiscal year 2013 budget. Within the county Recreation and Parks Department's portion of the budget is $900,000 in renovations for parks across the county. Among that portion, Broadneck Park is considered at the top of the list, according to county Councilman Dick Ladd (R-5th District), of Broadneck. Ladd said $35,000 is slated to go toward Broadneck Park's playground. But exactly how it will be used is still being discussed, he said. "I believe that the playground is structurally fine, and as far as I know the park people feel the same way. However, there are some improvements that could be made, such as fencing and some new…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The playground bridge at Broadneck Park was replaced by the county after a few months of having plywood and chains around the area.
Sometimes all it takes is a whistle blower. A play bridge on the playground at Broadneck Park had been out for a few months, with plywood and chains in its place. But county workers recently made a fix to the park, and now the bridge is safe to cross again. Kara McGuirk-Allison has been spearheading an effort to improve the park with the community group she created, Friends of Broadneck Park. The group works under the umbrella of the Broadneck Area Youth Sports (BAYS). In an email sent to Friends supporters, McGuirk-Allison thanked the county's Department of Recreation and Parks for fixing the bridge, as well as Councilman Dick Ladd, who helped blow the whistle on the problem. "I am happy to have an alternative to the previous plywood, …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Bring your kite and a picnic lunch to the park on Saturday for an afternoon of high-flying fun.
The first-ever Broadneck Kite Festival is scheduled for Saturday at noon, and event organizer Kara McGuirk-Allison said she's hoping thunderstorms don't scare away any attendees. As of Wednesday afternoon, The Weather Channel was forecasting a 30-percent chance of rain Saturday with isolated thunderstorms. "I am selfishly hoping the much-needed rain holds off until Sunday," McGuirk-Allison said. "Hopefully, we'll have some great sunshine and strong wind." The Kite Festival will double as a chance for the Friends of Broadneck Park, a community group started by McGuirk-Allison, to spread the word about their effort to raise funds to restore the park's playground. There will also be a kite raffle, kites for sale, Italian Ice by Rita's of …