The Town of Monument is hosting its first Parks Party, an event dedicated to raising funds for the town’s parks department.
Madeline VanDenHoek, director of parks and community partnerships at Monument, refers to Saturday’s party as “Mike’s brainchild.”
The Mike in question is Mike Foreman, the City Manager of Monument, and he “would love to see this become an annual event.”
Foreman has overseen several Party for the Parksesque events in other cities he’s managed, and he’s thrilled.
Not just for the opportunity to raise funds, but to “bring nationally known bands to Monument.”
The event will feature plenty of live music, including headlining Grammy-winning country-rock band Reckless Kelly. A beer garden, various local vendors and food trucks are ready to add to the festivities.
“We are a growing community,” Foreman said. “We have a lot of development coming to Monument,” and the city needs more shared public spaces and green spaces.
“We need space for pickleball, soccer, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, hiking trails,” Foreman says, noting that this is an abbreviated list.
While Foreman focuses on logistics, VanDenHoek champions the emotional impacts parks can have on a community.
“Parks are important,” she says, “because they improve the quality of life. Residents and visitors need to have these places to go where they can recreate and enjoy the outdoor space in the community.
All proceeds from Party for the Parks will go towards the “Parks Master Plan”, which is dedicated to improving and expanding Monument’s public park system.