There’s a great feel of close-knit community at the Stransky Park series. Since it’s a small space enclosed by a peaceful neighborhood around, it’s off the beaten path and takes some intentionality to get there. Once there though, the laid back feel of the place encourages you to get situated and enjoy the breeze, the sound of playing kids and happy people, and the feeling of enjoying all of this with people you probably don’t know. Yet.
The park isn’t huge, so the number of people that stream in the gates for the shows fill up the grassy lawn pretty quick. There is lots to keep kids occupied, and when they’re not dancing in front of the band, I’ve seen them roaming around the park, playing on the playground equipment and climbing the rock waterfall at the back.
Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood, so take care to not block driveways and be prepared to walk a pace or two. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on! And if you accidentally come hungry, they do have bbq sandwiches and chips for sale for $5.
The concert series is free thanks to a group of local sponsors, but the bands play for peanuts--tips, to be exact. You’ll see the “love the band” buckets in front of the stage, so feel free to fill them up and keep the good bands coming back!