While it actually became a public green space in 2011, groundbreaking for the new design of Evelyn's Park in Bellaire took place Thursday and the turnout was jubilant. Hundreds of families and a handful of politicos shared their enthusiasm for the transformation of the five-acre site that was once home to Teas Nursery.
Evelyn's Park Conservancy leaders organized the groundbreaking festivities for the project of the public/private partnership.
State Rep. Sarah Davis was there to assist with the heavy shovel lifting as were Bellaire City Council members Jim Avioli, Andrew Friedberg and Roman Reed.
There was fun for all with DJ Damon Pampolina of PRP Entertainment providing tunes for dancing under the trees while guests lined up for good eats from Bernie’s Burger Bus, Cousin’s Maine Lobster Truck, Koagie Hots, Kona’s Sno Cones and Smoosh.
Among those joining the hula hoop and henna painting fun and bidding in the silent auction were Evelyn’s Park president, Patricia King-Ritter and board members Lou Waters, Debbie Lapin, Keith Rubenstein, Scott Aronstein, Greg Lerner and Jeff Christman.
Rounding out the guest list were Terry Leavitt-Chavez, Kristi Coffee, Linda and Jerry Rubenstein, Bo and Rikki Rubenstein, Rusty Rubenstein and Bellarie Parks & Recreation's Karl Miller and Michelle Jordan.