Second downtown Party in the Park event ready to go

It's tropical night at PITP. So get out your Hawaiian get-up for tonight and have some fun

The second Party in the Park event is set to go July 18 at 5 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. in Central Community Park in downtown Chilliwack.

Strolling. Socializing. Sipping. Sampling. Serenading.

Thousands of people attended the first Party in the Park of 2014 last Friday and the second one is set for tonight, July 18, in Chilliwack Central Park.

“Opening night was great!” said Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams. “We have tried some new things for this year, but I think we were able to maintain or even improve upon the fun, family atmosphere that people have come to expect from Party in the Park.”

Another great PITP entertainment lineup is set to take the Chances Community stage Friday, July 18. It runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and kicks off with a dance performance by Project Dance, and followed by live music by No Time Flat, Aerophonics (feat. Jake Holmes, Tristan Martin and Kyler Pierce), The Rub (feat. Stuart Young, Peter Kilgour, Craig Scott), Head over Heels (feat. Kevin Ault), Clarence (feat. Chad Blackey and Cozy F. Pines.)

The last two dates are August 15 and August 22.

It has become the most popular downtown event the community has ever seen.

PITP is supported by more than 300 downtown Chilliwack businesses. The BIA proudly coordinates the Party and other events, such as the Fortin’s Village Classic Car Show, as a way to thank the community for their unwavering support.

The kid-friendly zone is larger than ever for one thing.

“Our O’Connor Family Fun Zone featured more activities for children than in previous years, such as a second bouncy castle and extra balloon artists, though some lineups were unavoidable,” he noted.

Hopefully PITP will bring some new visitors to the area, as well as encouraging the locals.

“It is all about creating an experience for our visitors.”

Some haven’t been downtown in years, or maybe they never checked out the newest stores.

“We had a lot of highlights from our first night, but mostly it was nice to see the success of the various components,” said Williams. “Trevor McDonald did a fantastic job not only with hosting but arranging the talent on the Chances Community Stage.

“It was great to have him back on stage doing what he does so well for this community.”

The new Mill Street ‘marketplace’ sponsored by Great Canadian Oil Change and Winmar, saw crowds moseying down the recently repaved and reconfigured street. The Murray Honda Food Fair on Wellington Ave was packed with many great food truck sampling opportunities.

It’s hard to count all the PITP revellers.

“The revamped layout really helped to spread foot traffic out, so it was difficult to gauge the actual number of people as there weren’t large clusters in many areas,” said Williams. “The overall volume of people was tremendous and I have heard estimates from 5,000 to 6,000 people, and others figuring it was probably closer to 8,000.”

The second PITP is July 18, and the theme is Tropical Night sponsored by Envision Financial. That means get out the grass skirts, and Hawaiian shirts.

“So we are hoping everyone will come dressed in their best tropical summer wear.

“Since we only have four dates this summer, and this will be our last one in July, we are expecting another good crowd.”




Just Posted

Bail denied for alleged Chilliwack firearm thief convicted of similar crime in Alberta

Andrew Scott Charpentier charged with numerous offences after guns seized from Reece Avenue address

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Taser takedown in Chilliwack complex after incident gets violent

Male suspect became agitated under questioning and repeatedly punched an officer

Agassiz man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Young Chilliwack singer launches career with French classic

Deanne Ratzlaff performs as featured vocalist in La Vie en Rose in Chilliwack, London and Paris

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Moni at the Chilliwack SPCA

This week’s animal is Moni, an obedient 10-year-old Australian shepherd cross at the Chilliwack SPCA

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

UPDATE: One dead after house fire in rural Maple Ridge

Dewdney Trunk Road closed, traffic being re-routed

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Most Read