MANSFIELD - It is a great time for a trip to downtown Mansfield to visit Imagination Park, a temporary pop up park.
The park has an urban garden, mindful play space, and dining areas in the Imagination District on West 3rd Street, between Mulberry St. and Bowman Ave. Open through October 1, 2021, there will be activities each day.
“This pop up park is a fun and safe way to bring our community together. It is outside, and along the length of W. 3rd Street, creating natural social distancing,” said Korinna Goettel, Idea Works Director and planning committee member. “The park was designed with trees, flowers, original art, pergolas, tables, and seating areas that are charming and creative.”
For Goettel, having food available to park visitors was important. She shared, “Food trucks now have a home in Mansfield at 144 W. Third Street, which is also the home of the Idea Works Kitchen. Permanent installations of electrical outlets suitable for running food trucks are now in place across from the park, in the lot next to Idea Works Kitchen.” For the food truck schedule, visit Imaginationdistrict.com.
“The pop up park was created with mindful intention,” said Annamarie, founder of Mind Body Align and Idea Works. “We are always looking for ways to bring beauty and visitors to our downtown. Plus, food trucks can now operate in an area where there is a food desert.”
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, a hands-on, playbased children’s museum with 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor and featured on the Ohio Traveler website, set up numerous interactive exhibits in the park. Artists Allison Pence and Robin Shoup painted a photoworthy mural spanning the width of Third Street with butterflies and bees.
“Both Little Buckeye and Allison thoughtfully inspire visitors to our community,” Fernyak said after taking a moment to dance on the mural.
There are events planned each day and a party on the final day of the pop up. This is like any park, no event is needed to visit, walk, bike and enjoy the delightfulness of it all.
For the complete schedule and to learn more about the Imagination Park Closing Celebration with free family-friendly activities, children’s crafts and activities, games, beer garden, live music by Ricky Mitchell, drum circle with Sogbety Diamonde, entertainment, food trucks, community art projects, art vendor booths, and more, visit Imaginationdistrict.com