By Marty Farmer
Scoville Park is back! With the recent removal of the fences used during its renovation, the historic park is open to the public and will host a series of events slated for the upcoming week.
"We're thrilled that all the renovations have been completed and Scoville Park is open," said Diane Stanke, the Manager of Communications at the Park District of Oak Park. "We think people will really enjoy the new amenities and features of the park."
A Memorial Day commemoration will be held Monday (9 a.m.) at the Peace Triumphant statue of the park. Oak Park resident and Vietnam veteran Brian Flora will portray Union veteran Wilbur Fisk Crummer, who lived in Oak Park after the Civil War. The day of remembrance will also include patriotic singing by The History Singers, bugler John Borland's rendition of "Taps," a color guard and gun salute from the Oak Park Police Department and an invocation and benediction.
On Saturday, June 1, the Grand Re-Opening of Scoville Park will kick off at 10 a.m. New amenities at the park include the Peace Plaza around the World War 1 Monument, along with a renovated playground, tennis courts and entrances. After a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments will be served and The Great Scott will provide entertainment with a comedy & illusion show.
Sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park and the Oak Park Public Library, the Battle of the Bands (featuring teen bands) will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The celebration of new look Scoville Park culminates on Sunday, June 2, with Oak Park's 40th Annual Day in our Village between 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.