A small neighborhood park on Binghamton’s West Side came to life yesterday.
Binghamton University partnered with Safe Streets and the City’s Parks Department for the 4th annual Walnut Street Park Fall Festival.
Parents brought their kids to take part in games and activities such as face painting and cookie decorating.
There was a performance by East Middle School’s Smash Band which uses found objects to make music, along with an appearance by the Ross Park’s zoo mobile.
BU Assistant Professor and Event Organizer George Homsy says it’s important for the the university to be active in the neighborhoods.
“It’s just so much fun to see everyone having a really good time time. It’s a real good opportunity to meet different people in the neighborhood. People who you can’t see, they don’t come to meetings but they’ll come with their kids and talk with the adults while the kids are painting pumpkins and decorating cookies. You can find out their story and make connections,” Homsy says.
The festivities ran from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
The event is run by Binghamton University students through the Center for Civic Engagement.