Alice, Easter eggs and more coming to Cassidy Park

Published 11:14 am Friday, March 22, 2013

Cassidy Park was abuzz with activity during the annual benefit cook-off Saturday, but these days that’s not uncommon.

As Bogalusa works to transform itself as a whole, the plan to increase the attractions, both stationary and in the form of regular and special events, at the central green space is well under way.

On the stationary front, construction of a fishing pier, sports courts and splash park are in the works, and while the city plans to have those projects done in a few months, it’s already offering enough fun to have families flocking.

The park’s Family Movie Nights are gaining a growing audience, said Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Landon Tims.

Family-friendly movies are shown in the performance pavilion in the cool of the evening so visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and feel of the park while watching the shows, he said. Admission is only $1.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket, grab a snack from the concession stand and settle back with their families to enjoy the movies from the great lawn of Cassidy Park.

“Wreck it Ralph” will be presented tonight starting at 7:45.

Tims is working toward a regular schedule for the Family Movie Nights, but there are also a couple of big special events on the near horizon.

One is a live performance of “Alice the Brave and Other Tales from Wonderland,” which will be presented by the Southeastern Theatre Department at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Tickets to the sure-to-be magical and colorful performance will cost $10. They are available in advance at Bogalusa City Hall, by calling 516-3870 or at the gate.

While “Alice” is certainly something for people to mark on their calendars, the park will be calling all children at the end of this month for a big Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30.

The hunt is for children aged 12 years and younger, and more than 2,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs will be stashed for discovery, said Tims.

Music and refreshments will be provided, and the holiday event is free of charge.

The city is also planning a Gospel Music concert and lots of other events at Cassidy Park while it continues widespread improvements to the venue.

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