May 26, 2016

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Bring your family to rock the block in Medina today

MEDINA — Ray Mellert Park will come alive today with the sounds of music and children playing.

Medina Councilman Brian Hilberg, Ward 1, is planning his first neighborhood block party. Hilberg, the owner of Marie’s Cafe on Public Square, was appointed to Council in March 2012.

“I wanted to try and host an event where people throughout the ward can get together and meet new people, meet new friends, to try to get a sense of security and belonging in the neighborhoods,” he said.

The party will be 4 to 8 p.m. at the park. Visitors should use the Miner Drive entrance.

“We want to make it at least an annual event, maybe more often than that, Hilberg said. “We’d like to move it around from neighborhood to neighborhood.”

The TLG Activity Center, a Christian day care, will provide various children’s activities and Second Baptist Church is sponsoring horseback riding.

The Medina Parks Department will bring a portable disk golf course, and there will be face-painting and balloon animals. Several bands will play, including the band from Second Baptist Church, and Medina High School students from the Chant group will perform.

Visitors to the party are encouraged to bring a lawn or camp chair to enjoy the music.

Medina Police and Fire departments and the Life Support Team will have their vehicles on display.

Visitors will be able to see the progress on the Ray Mellert Park splash pad and architectural drawings of what it will look like once completed by the end of the summer.

Mayor Dennis Hanwell and the Rev. Cornell Carter of Second Baptist Church have helped organize the party, Hilberg said.

“It is a completely free event; everything’s been donated,” he said.

Hanwell will cook burgers and hot dogs provided by Corkscrew Saloon. Sandridge Food Corp. donated coleslaw and potato salad, and Hilberg’s cafe will provide buns, condiments, ice and catering equipment.

A Cupcake a Day and Medina Tobacco are donating desserts, and ABC Therapy made a donation to cover other costs, Hilberg said.

Discount Drug Mart is donating bottled water and Medina Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is donating beverages and providing parking.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or