first event to take place in Lincroft’s newly acquired
park was the 1st Annual Picnic in the Park,
held on Sat., August 11, 2001 from 5-7 PM. This was truly
a celebration for the entire Lincroft community, presided
over by Mayor Joan Smith and LVGA co-president Roger Foss.
Entertainment was provided by the Bourbon Street Dixieland
Jazz Band, Jimbo the clown, and magician extraordinaire David
Cross (all paid for by local businesses). Lincroft stores
also donated hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream for all to enjoy.
Every adult received a free raffle ticket, and at the end
of the picnic gifts generously donated by local businesses
were given to lucky winning ticket holders.
Jeff Bottger from T&M Engineering was there to discuss
design plans and ideas for our new park. The LVGA had a park
questionnaire for each resident to fill out to determine what
the Lincroft community wanted included in the park design.
The residents could also identify what activities or events
they wanted to see held in the park.
Lincroft’s own Fire Dept. and First Aid Squad were
there with equipment and personnel, and Middletown provided
the Fire Safety House and Substance Abuse Services for families
to learn more about important safety and health issues. The
Lincroft School PTA also had a table with information and
free Lincroft PTA water bottles and Frisbees for the kids.
Molzon’s provided lovely plantings to beautify the picnic,
and Middletown Parks & Recreation provided the Showmobile,
tents, hot dog cart, and tables and chairs.
The 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park was held
Sat., August 18, 2002 from 4-7 PM. Mayor Pat Parkinson and
LVGA co-presidents Roger Foss and Mary Ellen Hintz officiated
over the festivities.
New this year were lawn games with prizes for toddlers through
teens. Also new, and a big hit with young and old, was the
Dunk Tank! Mayor Parkinson, Committeeman Rick Brodsky, and
several local businessmen and firefighters graciously allowed
themselves to be dunked. Considering how hot it was that day,
the Dunk Tank was the best place to be! The local art studio
Artrageous Kids was on hand with examples of their classwork,
and had visor projects that kids could make and wear! The
Jersey Shore Rose Society had a table with information, and
one of the Lincroft Cub Scout Dens had samples of their projects.
The Lincroft Fire Dept., First Aid Squad, Brookdale Community
College, and Sunrise Assisted Living all had tables with people
on hand to answer questions.
Local businesses again provided free food and drink, and
donated many wonderful gifts that were raffled off to residents
at the end of the picnic. Once more, it was an enjoyable time
for the community to gather together!