End of Summer Block Party Planned for Washington Street


In collaboration with Washington Street restaurants and retailers, the Bloomfield Center Alliance (BCA) is presenting another Block Party to help mark the end of summer. Scheduled for Saturday, August 27th from 2 8 PM, it will take place between Glenwood Avenue and Farrand Street. Similar to the one that took place earlier this year, the six-hour party will feature good food, great music, and other fun activities for the whole family. Various activities are being planned by a number of businesses, including a sidewalk sale where retailers will have special sales and discounts that day. Live music featuring P. D. Brody is scheduled from 2 5 PM and a deejay will spin tunes from 4 PM to closing. A yoga class open to everyone will be held right on Washington Street from 6 7 PM. There is no cost to attend the rain or shine event and parking will be available at the Farrand Street lot. According to BCA Director Ollyn J. Lettman, the event was suggested by several Washington Street business owners who wanted to build upon the excitement and energy generated by the first Block Party. He explains, Everyone is interested in continuing the success we had back in May. Washington Street provides an ideal location for this kind of celebration given that it is a single lane, one-way street with an easily accessible parking lot. We are grateful for the support and cooperation of the township and Parking Authority that makes this event possible and helps in promoting our local businesses. Along with it being an end of summer party, the BCA hopes that the Block Party also helps highlight Bloomfield Centers growing restaurant scene. This block of Washington Street alone has seen a total of five new restaurants open their doors in the last eighteen months. Acknowledging this promising trend and the creation of Bloomfields new restaurant row Mr. Lettman states, It is both exciting and gratifying to see that these restaurateurs believe so much in Bloomfield Centers current progress and potential future that they would invest in our downtown. These new restaurants (and others opening soon in other locations) add to the wonderful mix of eateries already serving our community. Another sign of Bloomfield Centers progress is the new mixed use development project at the intersection of Broad and Liberty Streets. Known as The Green at Bloomfield, project representatives will also be at the Block Party sharing information about the development and leasing opportunities. It is scheduled to open at the end of August.