First Tyngsboro Block Party ‘beyond Our Expectation’
TYNGSBORO -- In the very early stages of planning the first Tyngsboro Block Party, organizers thought maybe 500 people would show up. Then, as marketing for the outdoor event revved up, Alison Page, who heads Tyngsboro Recreation and Parks, recalled the number going up to between 1,200 and 1,500.
The final estimate of those who attended Sunday’s event ended up stretching to an estimated 3,000 people.
“It was beyond our expectation. It went really, really well,” Page said Monday. “We’re amazed.”
Open to the public, the Tyngsboro Block Party organized in part by the Tyngsboro Recreation Committee was held from 11a.m.-4 p.m. on the Town Common and Winslow Drive. It was, according to Page, an “end-of-the-summer type of party” with lawn games, food trucks and live music from the Houston Bernard Band. Food vendors who participated in the party included Rangers BBQ, Chez Rafiki’s, and Chicken on the Road.
Page gave a special thanks to other town departments who played a role in the event going smoothly, as well as to the block party volunteers, which included a set-up and break-down crew, parking attendants and even children who helped clean.
“I was able to attend with my wife and our new baby and it was an enjoyable time. We were lucky that the first time we did this we had beautiful weather,” Town Administrator Matt Hanson said. “For a new event in town, the turnout was outstanding and everyone appeared to have a great time. The block party was a great way to showcase our Town Center and attract people to our Town Center.”
Page said many people have asked her if the Tyngsboro Block Party will become an annual event.
“I think, because we had such success with it this year, we’ll plan for it next year as well,” she said.
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