Lake Rim Park is celebrating its 10th anniversary — and you are invited. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is in on the05-19-10-steph\'s-article.gif fun, too. On Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be food, entertainment, fun and art — plenty of art — at the Lake Rim Neighborhood Art Attack.

According to Amber Williams, park ranger coordinator at Lake Rim Park, they’ve really come a lon g way over the years. The park was originally a part of the old fish hatchery that is now the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center that is adjacent to the park.

“It just started off as a family park with playgrounds and sports fields and stuff like that and they only had a recreation staff out here,” said Williams. “When the city and the county merged a few years ago they started staffing the parks with rangers. Now, we host events and offer educational hikes and talks and things like that in addition to having space for people to play sports and play on the grounds and picnic.”

In the name of keeping things fresh and exciting the park is always looking for new and exciting things to offer the community. They work with wounded war-riors providing exercise and archery programs, and are expanding the kayaking program. One of the big events is a white water rafting trip to the mountains in July.

“We try to come up with new things all the time — new programs and events,” said Williams. “If anybody has anything they are interested in they should feel free to come to us and we will do our best to meet their needs.”

That obviously worked out well for the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. When they began talking to Williams about hosting an Art Attack at Lake Rim Park, she knew right away that there was an opportunity to provide the community with at great event in a relaxed and nature-friendly setting.

“The Arts Council’s Neighborhood Art Attacks are free mini arts festivals that feature musicians, dancers, artists and hands-on activities for the entire fam-ily in specific areas of our county,” said Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Marketing Manager Mary Kinney. “Arts organizations from around the county partici-pate and actively engage residents in the diverse arts offer-ings in our community. The entertainment stage features a mix of professionals and local talent. The Art Attacks are an opportunity for everyone to express their creativity, have fun and learn about all the incredible arts and cultural offer-ings right here in Cumberland County.”

With the help of Miller Motte College-Fayetteville Campus and the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, there will be several local organizations there with hands on activities. The Museum of the Cape Fear, Fascinate-U Children’s Museum and Cape Fear Basket makers are just a few of the organizations that will have activities for folks to try.Entertainment will include storyteller Gran’daddy June Bug, singer/songwriter Autumn Nicholas, Brian Morgan and Friends, magician John Tudor and Jef the Mime.

Nature buffs will have plenty to do as well.

“They are bringing the whole arts and entertainment aspect to it,” said Williams. “We are going to provide field games and bounce houses and some exhibitors. The environmental educational mobile unit will be out there and mobile aquarium. I am going to have wildlife rescue agencies bringing out some animals and some other educational and fun hands on activities, face painting and stuff like that — and we will have vendors selling food.”

Lake Rim Park is located at 2214 Tar Kiln Dr. Admission is free. Call the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County at 323-1776, or Lake Rim Park at 424-6134 for more info.

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