Springfield hosts 5th annual Music in the Park concert series

SPRINGFIELD--Sunday afternoon in Springfield’s Douglas Park was a bit more musical than most.

“Just a nice, nice way to end the week. Just relaxing in the park. And I love listening to live music, especially outdoors,” said Meghan Neirhoff. “It's just one of my favorite things to do.”

Which is why Neirhoff and her family showed up for a free concert by Springfield band Brooke Thomas and the Blue Suns during the second installment of the park district’s 2014 Music in the Park program.

“The whole point is to come out and just hang out in the park and enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy the music and all the bands we have this summer and it's completely free and family, family oriented,” said Sean Dickerson, recreation supervisor at the Springfield Park District.

“It's just nice to have this option available, something to keep [our daughter] entertained, and us entertained at the same time,” said Neirhoff.

An option made possible by support from local shops.  

“It's community sponsored,” said Dickerson. “We have businesses here in town that have made significant contributions for us to do this here in the park.”

Community businesses helping community members come together.

“It's just relaxing and it's nice and you get to see other people and be around people,” said audience member Chuck Orwig. “And it's neat.”

Which is exactly what organizers wanted.  

“It's just a good-will gesture, everybody feels good about coming out to the park on a beautiful day,” said Dickerson. “And that's the whole point of parks and recreation--we try whatever we can do to make people feel good.”

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