For the second year in a row, the old State of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) site in Soldotna was host to picnickers rather than heavy machinery. Seven years ago as a part of the Soldotna Progress Days celebration, the City of Soldotna began sponsoring a free picnic for visitors and residents at Soldotna Creek Park. Last year the City received permission from the State to expand the event to the old DOT site even though the City has yet to take title to the land.
"We love this place, and it's our intent to certainly keep it wide open for this type of usage. We've had hundreds of people here today, I just speaking to someone from New Jersey, who said how much they like the open space and the friendliness of our community," said Soldotna Mayor David Carey.
City picnic, Councilwoman Sharon Moock and Kathy Langfitt with the help of other Soldotna City officials,
served up some 700 hot dogs at the annual City picnic at Soldotna Creek Park
The Mayor pointed out that the openness of the location inspired a vision for how the community can handle future growth. "We've gone through almost 750 hotdogs today," added Carey. The mayor along with other City officials cooked hot dogs and passed out chips and soda from noon until 5:00pm, as hundreds enjoyed a spontaneous river dance with the music of the Elmendorf Air Force Band, "Top Cover."
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