Summer Kickoff at Upjohn Park Will Offer Free Summer Fun on June 10

Published on May 26, 2022

Free event will include carnival rides, games, and food trucks

Kzoo Parks, Kalamazoo Public Safety, and Kalamazoo Public Schools are inviting the community to celebrate the arrival of summer on Friday, June 10 in Upjohn Park (1000 Walter Street). The Summer Kickoff will start at 3 p.m. and conclude with the first Summer Cinema movie, which will start at 7 p.m.

Carnival rides, games, and vendors will be set up throughout the park with food and retail available to purchase. Carnival attractions and games include a dunk tank, 3-Lane Inflatable Basketball Bungee, Zip Line, Dixie Twister, Rock Wall, kickball, and a slip n slide.

A variety of local vendors will have food and retail available to purchase including Teresa’s Kitchen, Scott’s Pig Roast, On the Roll, Harris Wholesome Juice Bar, Specialty Cheesecake, and Kalamazoo Rocket Fizz. Free pop, water, and apple juice will be provided while supplies last.

Local organizations and nonprofits will also have tables setup in the park with information including Open Roads and Great Lake Center for Autism Treatment and Research.

“We’re excited to offer some new programs and opportunities for youth this year, and what better way to start the summer than with a free party for the whole community,” said Kya Mitchell, Special Events Coordinator for Kzoo Parks.  “It’s sure to be a blast! Join the fun, connect with friends and neighbors, try something new, and learn about all the fun things that are in store!”

Kik Pool will also be open at Upjohn Park during the event with standard pool fees. Parking for the event is available in the parking lot next to the Kik Pool building or at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market (1204 Bank St).

The Summer Kickoff will lead into the first Summer Cinema event of the year with a free showing of Shark Tale in Upjohn Park starting at 7 p.m. A free disc golf clinic will be held just before the movie starting at 6 p.m. Members of the Professional Disc Golf Association will teach participants the basic skills of disc golf like driving, approach throws, and putting. Portable baskets and discs will be available for attendees to use.

If the event is rained out it will be postponed to Friday, June 17. This is a free event, and all community members are welcome. Attendees should remain cautious and follow CDC and local health official guidelines to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19.  

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