Town Centre Park Grand Opening Saturday

Kilmarnock, VA – The Town Centre Park Grand Opening and celebration festivities are scheduled for Saturday, July 8. Drive by 150 North Main Street and see sidewalks that meander through the nine acres of a thoughtfully-laid out grand plan. An abundance of native plants and trees have been planted to create inviting and lush green spaces. The Pavillion flanks the official entrance to the park off Main Street and will be the location for the 9:00 am dedication ceremony on July 8.

“We have a full day of family-friendly activities planned to celebrate the grand opening of the Kilmarnock Town Centre Park,” says Mayor Mae Umphlett. “Soul Expressions, a high energy, seven-piece band from Richmond will conclude the festivities with a free concert at the Half Shell Stage amphitheater.”

The outdoor amphitheater with terraced seating to accommodate 500 people was dubbed the Half Shell Stage to honor the role oysters have played in the region’s economic history. There is also the Town Green where play field and picnic areas are located and visitors can spread a blanket and picnic, the child-centric Waterworks where jets of water cool off young visitors, a playground called River Play and Scottie’s Yard, a dog park with a view.

“The business community and local nonprofits have rallied around this project and have lent their support for the opening day celebration,” says Deputy Town Manager Susan Cockrell. “We have children’s activities from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm such as theater and dance performances, story time, grab-n-go crafts, face painting, “Big Toys”, Giggles the Clown and games.”

Local vendors will offer regional food favorites throughout the day. The Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce and Good Luck Cellars will provide adult beverages in a designated adult beverages garden from 5:00 to 9:30 pm.

Parking is available at the Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center with shuttle service provided by Bay Transit from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Additional parking is available at the municipal lots by the Masonic Hall on Augusta Street and at the Lancaster Middle School.

“The Kilmarnock Town Centre Park is an investment in the town, county and region. Join us to celebrate on Saturday, July 8,” says Town Manager Tom Saunders.

Go to for up-to-the-minute details of the Town Centre Park Grand Opening and celebration.

Opening Day Partners include David A. Nice Builders, Guernsey Tingle and Associates, Land Planning & Design Associates, Bank of Lancaster/Virginia Commonwealth Bank, 101.7 BAY FM, Bay Transit, Chesapeake Bank, Chesapeake Homes, Children’s Theater presented by Rebecca Nunn, Etudes Ballet, Franklin Mechanical Contractors, Kilmarnock Lancaster Rescue Squad, KVFD, Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Community Library, Lancaster Lions Club, Middle Bay Realty, RAL Art Center, VDOT, Virginia State Police and White Stone Church of the Nazarene.


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