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Sun Prairie Transforms into 'FUN Prairie' for July!

300 East Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590-2227
Website: https://cityofsunprairie.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2024
Jake King
Communications and Diversity Strategist
jking@cityofsunprairie.com
(608) 332-5397

Sun Prairie Transforms into 'FUN Prairie' for July!

For the fourth consecutive year, Sun Prairie will transform into 'FUN Prairie' for the entire month of July, led by the Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department (SPPRFD) in organizing a month filled with fun activities. This name change, proclaimed by Mayor Esser, underscores the City's dedication to promoting fun in the community and is an engaging way to honor National Parks and Recreation Month. The community is invited to join in on the excitement and kick off the celebration with a month-long game of BINGO.

Beginning Monday, July 1, community members can pick up bingo sheets listing activities and events scheduled throughout the month, aiming to participate in as many as possible. Sheets are available for pickup at several locations including the Westside Community Services Building, City Hall, the Sun Prairie Public Library, the Sun Prairie Historical Museum, and the Bank of Sun Prairie. Cards can be completed individually or as a family, with prizes awarded to those who complete a card. Additionally, a full calendar of free or low-cost activities will be available online and posted throughout the community by July 1.

Here are some of the key events and activities throughout the month that attendees should mark on their calendars:

Monday, July 1: Parker N. Rex's 4th Birthday Bash
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Wetmore Park
Join the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department mascot, Parker N. Rex, for his 4th birthday celebration! Attendees will be able to dance to music, make crafts, taste delicious birthday treats, and snap photos with Parker.

Tuesday, July 9 & Tuesday, July 23: Concerts in the Park
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wetmore Park (555 North Street)
On July 9, attendees can enjoy summer weather with music by Heatwave, and on July 23, the community is invited to Bike to the Concert Night and Volunteer Appreciation Night featuring Gin Mill Hollow, a Wisconsin-based quartet who brings high energy every time they take the stage.

Wednesday, July 17: Pop-Up Beer Garden
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sun Dog Park (1025 South Bird Street)
The community is invited to come out for a pop-up beer garden, where attendees can also bring their dog, in partnership with Karben4 Brewery.

Friday, July 19: Adult Recess
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wetmore Park (555 North Street)
Adult Recess returns for its third year! This free event, exclusively for ages 21 and up, includes Olympic-themed playground games, music, food, beer, and more. The Tom & Rita Tubbs Splashpad and Playground will be open solely for adults.

Saturday, July 27: FUN Prairie FUN Run
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stoneridge Estates Park (300 Stonehaven Drive)
Folks are encouraged to step out for an evening of fitness, fun, and festivities. Race options include:

· 0.05K Run/Walk: A short but thrilling 164 feet of excitement, perfect for all ages and fitness levels.

· Mile Run/Walk: A one-mile race designed for runners of all abilities.

· 5K Run/Walk: A scenic 3.1 mile route through two parks, suitable for all ages.

All proceeds benefit the SPPRF Scholarship Program, making recreation programs and swim lessons accessible to everyone. Participants will receive a race bib, commemorative t-shirt, and goodie bag. Attendees are encouraged to stick around post-race for a celebration with music, food trucks, a beer garden, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Register by Monday, July 8 to guarantee an exclusive FUN Prairie FUN Run t-shirt!

Saturday, August 3: Adult Swim
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Family Aquatic Center (920 Linnerud Drive)
Ever had a longlining to experience the thrill of sliding down the gigantic waterslide at the Family Aquatic Center? Well that wish has been granted! This free 18+ event features nostalgic games like Marco Polo, access to the waterslide, and diving boards. Be sure to mark the calendar for an evening of reliving the best childhood memories at the pool!

Pop-Up Events

Throughout the month, there will be a variety of pop-up events including Parker N. Rex's Dino Egg Hunt, popsicle stands, food trucks, Kite Flight, an event for kite enthusiasts, and much more!

The SPPRF Department is grateful for the support and sponsorship from Nolan Personal Injury Law and Peak Performance Chiropractic & Rehab.

“My team and I are so proud to offer FUN Prairie to our community,” said Kristin Grissom, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry. “It provides us the opportunity to foster a strong sense of community by showcasing all the fun Sun Prairie has to offer.”

For a full list of events, information on where to get a free Fun Prairie yard sign, and more details about the month-long celebration, please visit www.funprairie.com.

For more information, contact Kristin Grissom at kgrissom@cityofsunprairie.com or (608) 837-3449.