Boardman Park hosts Family Night on July 16


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Families were able to enjoy a wagon ride around Boardman Park during the park’s Family Night in the Park on July 16.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The music of Backbeat filled Boardman Park during the park’s Family Night in the Park on July 16.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Addison and Logan Malysa of Boardman prepared to watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by having balloon light sabers made by Jocko the Balloon Man at Boardman Park’s Family Night in the Park on July 16.


Boardman Park welcomed families to its Family Night in the Park with a variety of activities, providing something for everyone, on July 16.

The evening began with bounce-arounds for children, wagon rides, Jocko the Balloon Man, the music of Backbeat, Porgie the Clown’s magic show and, to close out the evening, a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Boardman Park Recreation Director Karen McCallum said the focus of the evening is to offer families a little to no cost evening out.

“We want to offer families an opportunity to enjoy an evening out with little to no cost. All activities here tonight are free. We have activities for the children, a great band, a great magic show and then the movie. It’s a fun-filled night,” McCallum said.

McCallum also stressed the family nights are for all communities to enjoy, not just Boardman.

“Our family nights are for all communities and everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a free family night out. Some people bring dinner and enjoy listening to the music of the band. We have waves of people who come for the certain activities and we have people who come for the entire night,” McCallum said.

The park hosts family nights four times per summer, with the last one being a family camp out.

“Our last Family Night this summer is a camp out. Families can camp out in the park and have a great time. This year, the Boy Scouts are going to be here to hold a memorial flag burning ceremony, which will be a neat experience,” McCallum said.

McCallum said the park offers a whole host of events.

“People can check out website at for a list of all our activities. We have events for everyone and offer diversity in our programming. Boardman Park is an oasis in the heart of Boardman and we invite everyone to check us out,” McCallum said. Family Night in the Park sponsors include Cortland Banks, Armstrong, Boardman Bounce and iHeart Radio.

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