This past Saturday’s Park Slope Summer Stroll fared much better than the prior rain-soaked swim along Fifth Avenue. In fact, it was perfect weather for a fun-filled evening walk with food, music and games for young and old.
It was a very nice turnout as crowds gathered to walk along Fifth from 12th to 18th Streets and enjoy a variety of activities along the way. While last week’s event ended early due to the weather, this week’s stroll, sponsored by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, was packed from beginning to end.
Activities included bouncy rides for children at 12th and 13th Streets. Crunch Gym demonstrated kickboxing for kids and there was yoga and stick aerobics for adults along streets lined with artificial turf. Also, the legendary Bubble Guy formed giant bubbles as he entertained crowds of kids.
Highlights along the stroll route were the South Brooklyn Shakespeare Company’s performance of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” and a display of vintage cars along Fifth Avenue.
There was outdoor seating at select restaurants and live music. The Paprika Marching Band performed, clowns entertained kids by spinning plates, and checkers, chess and Jenga tables were set up. And in a show of community spirit, cops from the 78th Precinct played bean toss with the strollers.
There were prizes for those who spun the wheel at the YMCA table and, all in all, it was a memorable stroll for everyone who attended.