Crowds Turn Out For Beachwood Community Day

Inflatables, a rock wall, and a bandstand were among the entertainment offered at Beachwood Community Day. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

BEACHWOOD – The weather was perfect as scores of people recently celebrated Beachwood Community Day at Birch and Surf Park.

The event was bigger than last year, which was the first ever event. There were more tents set up, where vendors sold items like dog treats and homemade soap. Community groups like the Ocean County Historical Society and the borough’s Shade Tree Commission also set up areas.

Photo by Chris Lundy

Joetta Clark Diggs, four-time Olympic Athlete and track and field champion (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000), made a guest appearance. She is the spokeswoman for the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign, and she led kids in exercises on the ball field.

A bicycle stunt show, costumed characters, and face painting added to the entertainment. There was also a petting zoo and pony rides – all of which were free.

Personnel and vehicles from fire, police, and first aid departments were on hand as well. Child seat safety inspections were given.

Joetta Clark Diggs, four-time Olympic Athlete and track and field champion, led children in exercises. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

Food was sold by local organizations like the Knights of Columbus and Cub Scouts Troop 76, as well as food trucks Caribbean Soul and Mister Softee. After getting food, people could sit at picnic tables set up in front of the county’s portable stage and listen to live music.

An event like this takes a lot of people working together, Mayor Ron Roma said. If it wasn’t for the hard work of the recreation department, fire and first aid squads, police, public works, Borough Council, and countless volunteers, this event would be much smaller.

On this town map, people were able to sign where their homes are. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

The day continued the borough’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, since Beachwood was incorporated in 1917. There was a map on display that showed every street in town. Residents were encouraged to sign their names where their homes are.

The Centennial Fountain was installed in Mayo Park earlier this year. The next centennial community event is the annual bonfire on October 28.

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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He's also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.