Audubon Park’s second annual Spring WingDing went on inside the park building, despite the rain on April 24.
Unlike the other area parks, Audubon did not have a festival of its own until last year when they introduced the Spring WingDing. The theme of the event is based on Audubon Park’s namesake John J. Audubon whose birthday falls around the same time as the WingDing.
This year’s event brought together neighbors interested in celebrating their urban environment with a combination of environmental information, and fun activities for the kids.
Due to the rain, organizers cancelled the popular bird tours, and outdoor entertainment but families were still plenty busy during the three-hour festival.
Matt Brown organizer for the event and ANA Board Member said that since they couldn’t have the “moonwalk” in the rain, the Park Board would instead rent it for a movie night in the park later this summer. All other events were held as planned.
The Audubon Society was on hand providing a variety of information about birds and volunteer activities. The Park & Recreation Board displayed owl skulls and feathers for budding ornithologists.
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization showed neighbors how to make environmentally safe household cleaner. Homeowners also learned about programs to help make their home more energy efficient. Lead test kits were also handed out.
The NE Urban 4-H Club helped kids make plastic bottle bird feeders. Kids also decorated clay flowerpots with the Eastside Food Co-op.
Pizza was provided by local restaurant, Amici.
“The second annual Spring WingDing was a huge success. I was amazed by the number of families who attended, despite the wet weather,” Brown said.
“The WingDing couldn’t have happened without our volunteers, including Northeast Royalty, the Park Board, and our neighbors who devoted their time and effort,” he said.