Ben­ton Parks tell plans for Touch-a-truck event

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­

The Ben­ton Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment will host Touch-a-truck at 5 p.m. June 8, in park­ing lot two at the River Cen­ter in Ben­ton.

This is a new event for the Parks.

“It is a fam­ily fun event where ev­ery kid, young or old, can touch and learn about dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles,” said Grant Watts, spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor, adding that per­son­nel will be on hand to tell vis­i­tors about the var­i­ous ve­hi­cles.

There will be ve­hi­cles from the Ben­ton Fire Depart­ment, Ben­ton Po­lice Depart­ment, Arkansas State Po­lice, Sa­line County Sheriff’s Depart­ment, Waste Man­age­ment District and the Arkansas Na­tional Guard. Watts also plans to have a bull­dozer from the Arkansas Forestry Com­mis­sion, a he­li­copter, a race­car, a limou­sine, an am­bu­lance and a tow truck.

Watts said those who at­tend should be able to get in and check out most of the ve­hi­cles.

Watts came up with the idea af­ter look­ing at events other com­mu­ni­ties hold.

“I thought it would be a great event to do here,” he said. Touch-a-truck is free to at­tend. Watts feels this event is a way for a child to dream big and see the sort of ca­reers they could have when they grow up.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity for lit­tle kids to come ex­pe­ri­ence and dream and learn and in­ter­act with per­son­nel at each ve­hi­cle,” he said.

Af­ter the event, the Parks will host Movie in the Pool at 6:30 p.m. in the Aquat­ics Cen­ter, show­ing “Spi­derman: Into the Spi­der­verse.” It is free for River Cen­ter mem­bers and $5 for non­mem­bers.

Lim­ited con­ces­sions will be avail­able in the River Cen­ter dur­ing both events.

Watts said he ap­pre­ci­ates the depart­ment and the city for al­low­ing them to do events and the peo­ple who at­tend.

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