Friday at 12:00 noon was the much anticipated ribbon-cutting celebration and grand opening for the new playground at Sturgeon Bay’s Otumba Park. Hundreds of children and adults stayed outside of the fenced-in playground area while a few speeches were made. Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Cameryn Ehlers-Kwaterski was the MC as she welcomed everyone to the celebration and introduced Mayor David Ward. Mayor Ward expressed much thanks to those who made the park possible…….
Then Ehlers-Kwaterski introduced Sturgeon Bay’s Ashley Schanock who spearheaded the effort to build this new playground for all ages and abilities……………
Ashley Schanock then thanked numerous naming rights donors for sponsoring various sections of the park along with other major donors who sponsored specific pieces of equipment in the playground. Then she offered some special thanks for her husband before the big countdown. After the countdown, Schanock yielded the “big scissors” and cut the ribbon. That’s when the huge crowd of children were allowed to flood into the new playground…………..
DJ Mike Raye supplied the fun party music while many smiling children began excitedly enjoying the city’s colorful new playground. There were big lines for the food and snacks in the pavilion and to have photos taken with “Princess Ariel and Bluey”. It was perfect summer weather as the celebration continued into the afternoon.