Piedmont to celebrate park’s centennial

September 8, 2018

PIEDMONT — Charles “C.V.” Gardner envisioned a city park that would benefit the children of the town of Piedmont, so he donated land for the project.

That was 100 years ago, and this week the community is throwing a birthday bash to commemorate the event, held in conjunction with the annual Piedmont Fall Festival Saturday.

It was the city’s park board members who realized this year was a milestone in the park’s history. Pam Hemmingson is coordinating the Piedmont Fall Festival which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park on Saturday. So far, she has 41 vendors registered for the event.

There will be everything from woodworkers and quilters to metal workers and potters.

“It sounds like the weather is supposed to be good. We’re hoping everyone will come and just walk around and see what we’ve got,” Hemmingson said.

Park Board members will be on hand serving a lunch of hot dogs, chips, drinks and birthday cake.

There also will be a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Registration will be in the gazebo and the run/walk will start in front of the library.

Following the walk, at about 10 a.m., will be the second Piedmont Fire and Ambulance Dodgeball Tourney on the basketball court at the park.

Tom Hook, assistant chief of medical for Piedmont Fire and Ambulance, said this is the second year for the tournament, which began as a recruitment tool for new members. He said it can be difficult for someone to walk into a fire hall and volunteer their services, but the dodgeball is a way to break the ice with recruits.

“We realized we needed to get out in the public and give them the opportunity to come talk to us,” he said.

Last year they gained a new member of the department following the dodgeball tournament. This year they hope to gain more, he said.

Dodgeball teams consist of six players. To make it even more interesting, the firefighters will be in full bunker gear that they would normally wear in case of a structure fire. They will also don their helmets and air packs.

“It’s pretty entertaining,” Hook said.

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