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The Splash Field Day and Open House takes place Saturday at Northside Park on 125th Street. Among those organizing the event were, from left, Rachel Wormack, an intern from Frostburg University, and Recreation Director Kim Kinsey, right.

(July 19, 2019) The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will provide a chance to cool down in the midst of the July heat with its first-ever Splash Field Day and Open House on Saturday, July 20. 

The event will run from 2-4 p.m. on the West Lagoon Field at Northside Park on 125th Street. There is no cost to participate. 

There will be carnival-style water games for the first hour, free snow cones available to the first 200 guests, and a water balloon fight at the end. 

The bonus: The person that picks up the most balloon pieces after the water balloon fight will win a free water gun. 

Rachel Wormack, an intern for the recreation department who attends Frostburg University, organized the event as her summer project. It is held in conjunction with National Parks and Recreation Open House Day – a day for people of all ages to enjoy their local parks. 

“It’s family oriented,” Wormack said. 

Recreation Manager Kim Kinsey asked Wormack to create an event that showcased the park, while tying it into the “Game On” theme of National Parks and Recreation Month. 

“I like the name ‘Splash’ because it’s also the name of our magazine,” Wormack said. “I wanted to keep it in the family.” 

Kinsey pointed out that while Ocean City has a great beach, it also has great parks. 

“A lot of people don’t know about our gem at Northside Park,” Kinsey said. 

Kinsey and Wormack are trying to make everyone aware of the local recreation and park’s impact on the community.  

“It’s diverse,” Kinsey said. “Parks and rec provides so much for health and wellness, social equality and inclusion.” 

As for the rest of Parks and Recreation Month, Wormack said she will be posting all of Ocean City’s activities on social media “to show how we get our ‘Game On.’” 

She will also feature the maintenance team on Facebook to express gratitude for their work.  

“The benefits are endless with Parks and Rec - what we bring to the table for our community,” Kinsey said. 

Wormack noted that the event was made possible by Assateague Diner and Marina Deck, which is providing the snow cones and other financial needs. 

For more information about the event, contact Wormack at rwormack@oceancitymd.gov or 410-250-0125.

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