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Park packed for new community-building events

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – If you plan on heading to one of Rochester’s many parks soon, you may be surprised to see some new sights and sounds.

More than 100 people packed Cooke Park in Rochester earlier Sunday.

It’s part of the Park the Arts series, a new, free program in three of the city’s parks.

The band “Six Mile Grove” performed for the first ever event.

Organizers say the event helps people experience Rochester parks, hear local music and feel more connected to their neighborhood.

“The concept is to have performing arts, whether it’s music, dance, spoken poetry, whatever, in our parks, to get people to come out to the parks, to experience them and to meet their neighbors,” said Bari Amadio, a Park the Arts organizer.

There’s two more Park the Arts events this month — Next Sunday at Parkside Park and July 28th in Slattery Park. The events start at 2 p.m. and run until 3:30 p.m.


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