Families can come pickup free popsicles and meet with local officials as part of the upcoming Popsicles in the Park program in July and August.

LINC NW, a local non-profit that runs the Marysville Community Resource Center, is organizing the event.

“We have some partnerships with local businesses so that we can run what will essentially be a popsicle giveaway at the Marysville splash pad,” said Ryan Brown, executive director of LINC NW.

“We will be setting up a popsicle stand and giving away as many of them as we can to whoever stops by,” he said.

The Popsicles in the Park event will be at Comeford Park at 514 Delta Avenue, Marysville on July 29 and Aug. 5, 12 and 19.

“We wanted to create a safe space for our local families to come out and engage with the public servants that serve them,” said Brown. “Each week we will have a different department with us.”

Representatives from those departments will come to talk with community members during the event.

On July 29 the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department is joining the event. On Aug. 5 the Marysville Fire District can talk about local fire and emergency services.

Police department officials will be out at the Aug. 12 event and finally city administrators plan to come to the Aug. 19 event.

Brown said they don’t have any intended outcomes with the program and just want to support the community.

He hopes that LINC NW can connect with families while there.

“This is a great opportunity for us to engage with the community,” he said. “As a way for us to interact with the public in a different way than we usually do.” 

The Marysville Community Resource Center that the nonprofit organization operates is in Lakewood and provides a space to give individuals an opportunity to learn what the center does.

The center provides a number of programs meant to help families in need such as a community clothing closet program or the Hope Mentoring program meant to connect students with supportive adults.

Brown hopes the event can introduce more people to the center.

“So hopefully they can remember our name when they’re in need of services,” he said.

Business partners that are helping to sponsor the event will also be out at Comeford Park to meet with the public, including Kim Thompson of PrimeLending, Muller Financial, Asgard Massage and Cristiano's.

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