Children from all over the city enjoyed watery fun on a cloudy Saturday at the sixth annual Unity in the Community Water Bash held at Bones Hooks Park in the North Heights Community of Amarillo.
The overcast sky did not dampen the fun for those who attended with water balloons, water guns as well as bounce houses and a slip and slide to enjoy their summer day.
During the event, parents were able to preregister their children for backpacks that include school supplies and the upcoming Braids and Fades event, which provides free haircuts and free braids at the park Aug. 14. The last chance to register for the event will be Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hamlet Elementary.
Tremaine Brown, one of the organizers of the Water Bash, spoke about the importance of events like this in the North Heights community.
"It's all about fun capping the summer off with a good experience for the kids,” Brown said. “On the north side, we do not have a lot, so we have to create ways to build memories. We want to prepare these children to go back to school by registering as many as possible for free backpacks, haircuts, and braids at the Braids and Fades event.”
Along with the water fun, free food and snacks were provided for all who attended.
Blanca Masias, a co-organizer of the event, said that she has been involved with the event for five years and really enjoys bringing some summer fun to the children of the area.
“One of the main reasons that we do this is that not everybody is fortunate enough to go on vacation or be able to do family activities,” Masias said. “So, this gives our community a fun-filled day, worry free of having to spend money to have fun. Everybody is welcome at this event to have their children get out and have fun before they go back to school.”
Richard Kelly, superintendent of River Road Independent School District (ISD), said that he and his community were invited out to the event by Brown to enjoy the day.
“Mr. Brown reached out to us and invited our community as a way to unify communities throughout the city,” Kelly said. “We really appreciate what Mr. Brown has done for the northside communities and helping all children get ready to start the new school year."
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Local children splash down at Unity in the Community Water Bash