Creek celebrated in style

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Summertime in Alaska means being outdoors, playing and having fun. That's the idea behind the Soldotna Creek Celebration, a free picnic sponsored by the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Watershed Forum, to be held July 28.

"It'll be a blast," said Kathy Langfitt, administrative assistant to City Manager Tom Boedeker.

Langfitt is in charge of coordinating the festivities this year. She said everything is all set to go for the city's seventh annual community picnic.

"The food's all free. We've got hot dogs, soda, chips." she said.

Langfitt said that in addition to the free food, the celebration will feature live music, vendor booths and maybe even a couple surprises. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family.

Plus, Langfitt said residents might get a chance to see a city official or two behind the grill.

"Our past mayors will be there, city council members...it's the city's picnic for our community," she said.

The celebration will be held at noon July 28 at the former Department of Transportation site, located just off the Sterling Highway, next to Don Jose's restaurant.

The land is not actually owned by Soldotna, although the city does have the option of taking ownership of the property in the near future.

There have been concerns about petroleum contamination in the groundwater leftover from when the DOT used the site, but Boedeker reported to the council last month that most of those concerns had been alleviated. Regardless of the site's past, it's a beautiful area to have a picnic, according to Kenai Watershed Director Robert Ruffner.

"We'd really like to take advantage of that big, open space on the banks of the river. It's a really nice space," Ruffner said.

The Kenai Watershed Forum is working with the city to sponsor the event. Ruffner said his organization will have a low-key educational booth set up at the celebration.

"We'll be there to talk about the river. But we're just trying to help promote the city," he said.

Langfitt said the city plans to go ahead with the community picnic no matter what.

"Rain or shine, it's gonna go," she said.

HEAD:Creek celebrated in style

BYLINE1:By MATT TUNSETH

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Summertime in Alaska means being outdoors, playing and having fun. That's the idea behind the Soldotna Creek Celebration, a free picnic sponsored by the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Watershed Forum, to be held July 28.

"It'll be a blast," said Kathy Langfitt, administrative assistant to City Manager Tom Boedeker.

Langfitt is in charge of coordinating the festivities this year. She said everything is all set to go for the city's seventh annual community picnic.

"The food's all free. We've got hot dogs, soda, chips." she said.

Langfitt said that in addition to the free food, the celebration will feature live music, vendor booths and maybe even a couple surprises. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family.

Plus, Langfitt said residents might get a chance to see a city official or two behind the grill.

"Our past mayors will be there, city council members...it's the city's picnic for our community," she said.

The celebration will be held at noon July 28 at the former Department of Transportation site, located just off the Sterling Highway, next to Don Jose's restaurant.

The land is not actually owned by Soldotna, although the city does have the option of taking ownership of the property in the near future.

There have been concerns about petroleum contamination in the groundwater leftover from when the DOT used the site, but Boedeker reported to the council last month that most of those concerns had been alleviated. Regardless of the site's past, it's a beautiful area to have a picnic, according to Kenai Watershed Director Robert Ruffner.

"We'd really like to take advantage of that big, open space on the banks of the river. It's a really nice space," Ruffner said.

The Kenai Watershed Forum is working with the city to sponsor the event. Ruffner said his organization will have a low-key educational booth set up at the celebration.

"We'll be there to talk about the river. But we're just trying to help promote the city," he said.

Langfitt said the city plans to go ahead with the community picnic no matter what.

"Rain or shine, it's gonna go," she said.



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