Off with a blast

Bryant to hold first Pops in the Park

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Morrison

Bishop Park will light up with fire­works for the first Pops In the Park to cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day on July 4.

“Pops in the Park is a link be­tween the city and the Cham­ber to give back to the res­i­dents and busi­nesses and say thank you,” Bryant City Coun­cil Mem­ber RJ Hawk said.

He said the city has not been able to put on a fire­works show in some time.

Pops In the Park will start off with free games pro­vided by the Greater Bryant Cham­ber of Com­merce at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks where peo­ple can pur­chase some­thing to eat. Hawk said four trucks have com­mit­ted

to at­tend the event so far.

At dark, the fire­work show will be­gin.

Arnold’s Fire­works will put on the show, which Hawk es­ti­mated will last 20 to 25 min­utes.

Hawk said af­ter the re­cent coun­cil meet­ing he won­dered why Bryant doesn’t do a show. He spoke with Bryant Mayor Allen Scott and Cham­ber Pres­i­dent and CEO Ja­son Brown.

They de­cided Bryant should have one and be­lieve it will not only be good for the res­i­dents, but it could bring peo­ple from out­side of Bryant to see the city and Bishop Park.

“It is re­ally com­ing to­gether nicely,” Hawk said.

When they de­cided to hold the show, they had to get a per­mit from Arkansas State Po­lice.

They are still work­ing on all the de­tails for the event.

Ad­mis­sion to the show will be free to the pub­lic.

Hawk said they are work­ing to en­sure Pops in the Park is a fam­ily friendly event.

He feels it helps the Cham­ber pro­mote busi­ness and Scott pro­mote the city.

Hawk is not sure how many peo­ple to ex­pect. He knew at the re­cent Pic­nic at the Port event or­ga­niz­ers only ex­pected around 300 peo­ple and ended up with more than 1,000 at­ten­dees. He is hop­ing 500 peo­ple at­tend Pops in the Park.

“Peo­ple like to see things

blow up,” Hawk said.

He pointed out for this show peo­ple aren’t hav­ing to drive to Ben­ton or Lit­tle Rock. They can stay in their own city to view the fire­works.

Any­one who at­tends need to bring a chair or blanket to watch the show.

Hawk said peo­ple can sit in the park­ing lot of The Cen­ter or around the base­ball fields, The mul­ti­pur­pose field will be off lim­its be­cause that is where the fire­works will be shot.

If this year’s Pops in the Park is a suc­cess, Hawk would like to see it be­come an an­nual event in Bryant.

He en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to check out the show.

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