SUMMIT, NJ - Thursday evening in downtown Summit was to be a two-tiered celebration—the official ribbon cutting for the "Parklet" in front of Batavia Cafe and Tito’s Burritos and Wings, and a “Party at the 19th Hole” on Beechwood Road, to mark the Hilltop City's role in support of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament, held July 25 - 31 at Baltusrol Golf Club in neighboring Springfield.
The first part of the program went off without a hitch, with only a slight taste of threatening skies overhead.
In cutting the ribbon to open the "Parklet" Mayor Nora Radest said she was, “so excited to open one of the few 'Parklets' in New Jersey,” adding it would make a great contribution to the life of the central business district.
Radest thanked those who made the project a success, including Councilman Robert Rubino, City Administrator Michael Rogers, the rest of the Common Council, public works officials and other city employees, the owners of Batavia Cafe and Tito’s Burritos and Wings, as well as Topology, the firm that is spearheading the city’s revamping of its master plan.
The "Parklet" provides a temporary seating platform placed flush with the curb to create a gathering place, with two sets of tables and chairs where residents will be able to enjoy conversation and refreshments.
The platform is scheduled to remain in place until the first week in November.
Next up for the partying crowd was a planned golf-themed celebration in the middle of Beechwood Road, with the street turned into a “green,” outdoor entertainment with live music and a DJ, dancing to the 1960s hit, “The Locomotion,” mini-golf holes and a golf-inspired selfie photo stand with refreshments.
Well, the “green” was there -- made greener with artificial grass left over from the Investors Bank Field turf replacement project, according to city community programs director Judith Josephs -- children made some attempts at playing golf, a prize wheel was in operation, and even the Aquatic Center’s Shark Diddy, McMuny of the municipal golf course and Alvin the Chipmunk were seen making 'the rounds'.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not cooperating, and the line of showers which forced cancelation of the nearby PGA rounds for the evening also wiped out the "Party at the 19th Hole" in Summit.
Even the Screen on the Green showing of “Alvin & the Chipmunks-the Road Chip” was postponed however, according to Josephs, it will be shown on August 1.