Bowers Harbor Park Improvements 2023 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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On Saturday, September 30, 2 – 5 p.m., the Peninsula Township Parks Committee will host a gathering to celebrate the new and improved amenities at Bowers Harbor Park, including new playground equipment, a new basketball court, new pickleball courts and resurfacing of the tennis courts.

The celebration will feature each sport and court with a brief demonstration, along with a chance for residents to give each sport a try via some basic skills training. Haven’t tried pickleball yet? Here’s your chance!

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In addition, there will be some “just for fun” (and some prizes!) basketball free-throw competitions for all ages. A scavenger hunt on the new playground, an activity trail along the park path, and the Peninsula Township Fire Department with its trucks will add to the festivities. There will also be lawn games and board games in and around Pavilion #1.

Be sure to mark your calendars for this fun event. Whether you participate, observe, compete or cheer others on, stop by and enjoy our lovely park and visit with your friends and neighbors. Celebrate all that our parks have to offer.

As an added bonus, Marge Long and the team at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church are organizing some snacks and beverages, and fresh apples will be provided by Wunsch Farms/Third Coast Fruit Co. and Johnson Farms.

The home page of the Peninsula Township website has links to sign up for the free-throw competition, as well as the basic skills training for each sport.

Sign up for these at the Township’s website here.

If our unpredictable fall weather brings us rain on Sept. 30, the event will be rescheduled to the following day – Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 – 5 p.m.

A big thanks of gratitude to my dear friend, Michele Zebell, a member of the Peninsula Township Parks Committee who’s spent a ton of time organizing this event, not to mention working to further the improvements at Bowers Harbor Park, spreading massive amounts of mulch at the park, and rallying various people and groups along the way. Thank you, Michele!

If you have questions or need help signing up for things, email Michele, [email protected].

Here’s the schedule for the day, which is also in the poster at the bottom of this story…

  • 2-5 p.m. – BHP Celebration and Activity Trail
  • 2:15 p.m. – Play Structure Scavenger Hunt
  • 2:30 p.m. – Volleyball
  • 3 p.m. – Pickleball
  • 3:30 p.m. – Basketball
  • 4:15 p.m. – Tennis
Celebration Planned for Bowers Harbor Park on the Old Mission Peninsula
Celebration Planned for Bowers Harbor Park on the Old Mission Peninsula

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