Picnic in the Park is Back! September 10, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ Pfingst Animal Acres Park

Come enjoy this event with family and friends, it will feature  music, community and educational booths, a petting zoo, kid’s attractions and activities, food trucks, public works big rigs, and more! This year’s Picnic in the Park will also feature a culvert mural painting along NE 178th Street, near Pfingst Animal Acres Park.

Lake Forest Park Water District is happy to let you know that we will be hosting an eduacational booth at this community picnic, so feel free to drop by and say ‘Hi!”. We are also excited to help support the mural painting which raises awareness of and helps protect our streams. You may even get to help paint our logo on the mural!

The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation, along with the City, ShoreLake Arts, and Urban ArtWorks, are collaborating with 17-year-old high school artist Austin Picinich (https://www.austinsart.net/) to paint a 188-ft-long ‘Save Our Salmon Mural” around the corner of Pfingst Animal Acres Park. The project is a “mural with a purpose” with the goal of raising awareness for salmon restoration in McAleer Creek.

For those who want to be involved, you’re in luck the LFP Stewardship Foundation and Urban ArtWorks ( https://urbanartworks.org/ ) are hosting a Community Paint Day during Picnic in the Park for over 150 community volunteers to help paint the mural. Artist Austin will outline his salmon design in “paint-by-number” format. All you need to participate is a steady hand and a little community spirit. Previous art experience is optional and kids and families are welcome to join the painting fun – but all volunteers must sign-up in advance here: https://bit.ly/3Pxv4UL

You can learn more at the mural’s website: https://www.austinsart.net/salmonmural/lfp

Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation is currently fundraising to cover costs of the project, including paint and mural supplies. You can donate to the mural’s GoFundMe here.