Lunchtime Live an invitation to enjoy lunch in the park

What's more fun? Taking your bag lunch to the break room to eat or going to Bronson Park where you can listen to music, buy lunch from a food truck, and shop at a pop-up retailer?
 
The organizers of Lunchtime Live every Friday from this week till Aug. 23 hope you choose going to Bronson Park. 
 
Sean Fletcher, Parks and Recreation Managing Director for the City of Kalamazoo, says the every-Friday afternoon event came about as a recent brainstorming session by staff members of the department on ways to encourage more use of city parks. 
 
The Organic Gypsy, Gorilla Gourmet, and Pig Out Take Out are among the food trucks that are confirmed for the lunchtime event. Pop Corn from Pop City Popcorn and ice tea and pastries, also will be for sale. Fletcher says he expects more to participate as the event grows.
 
For entertainment, at one end of the park will be barbershop music and at the other will be country music from the Shelagh Brown Band.  
 
"We're trying to get the best variety we can considering we don't have a huge budget," says Fletcher. 
 
At deadline those merchants or vendors who will be popping up in the park were still being finalized. Merchants who would like to participate are encouraged to contact the City Parks & Rec Department at 269.337.8191.
 
Fletcher says Lunchtime Live is just one of the events that local residents will see in the near future as the Parks and Recreation Department comes up with new ideas to encourage people to visit city parks. "This is a chance to get people into the park and create a buzz," Fletcher says.
 
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Sean Fletcher, City of Kalamazoo
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