On Wednesday August 15th AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project partnered with the Woodbridge CDC to host a neighborhood potluck in lieu of a townhall meeting. The intent of the event was to encourage more people to get involved in the CDC and to meet and mingle with neighbors. The picnic was also a chance for people to experience Scripps Park’s Sensory Garden and stylish new benches. There were over 60 attendees from Woodbridge and the surrounding area, including regular park goers. People brought fresh homemade salads, hors d'oeuvres and baked goods; AmUS supplied the hot dogs.
Aside from the large spread of delicious food, there was a community resource table with information from the Douglass Library, the Woodbridge Time Exchange,the DMC, and local businesses. AmUS supplied Healthy Homes information to residents regarding lead poisoning and asthma prevention. Woodbridge signature T-shirts were available for purchase as well.
The evening consisted of eating, conversing, playing games, meeting new neighbors and catching up with old friends. A game of frisbee broke out in the middle of the park and an impromptu tabletop serenade of “My Girl” got everyone singing along. The park didn’t clear out till after dark. It was a great evening for the community. The park even acquired two new picnic tables donated by the Woodbridge Pub!