Friends of Riverfront Park is sponsoring a Save the Park Fundraiser & Update on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 2 – 4 pm in Riverfront Park, at the foot of Morton Street, Peoria.

The event will include jazz by Dave Hoffman and Friends; folk music by Chris Stevens, a supporter of open space; Native American drum, dance and storytelling by the Eagle Ridge Players and Friends; nature and trail tours by Mike Rucker and Doug Franks; photos and games for children and adults, and more. Food will be available for purchase from Haddad’s and Dawn’s Taco.

An update on the fight to save Riverfront Park from destruction if upscale apartments are built there also will take place. The city of Peoria’s application is pending with the National Park Service, which must approve or deny it.

The event is free but donations will be accepted. Friends of Riverfront Park has an all-volunteer staff. Donations are not tax deductible. All funds raised will be used to preserve Riverfront Park for public use.

In-kind donors to the event include C. T. Gabbert, Remodeling and Construction; Westminister Presbyterian Church, Kendall Davis (Master Designs Boomerang) and others.

In case of rain, the event will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Ave., Peoria.

For further information on the efforts to save Riverfront Park in Peoria from the apartments, see the FORP Facebook page:

More information: Joyce Blumenshine 309-676-1011

Joyce Harant 309-648-3035

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