Ben Gill Park

Fun for the entire family will be experienced during the City of Terrell’s “Play date in the Park”.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Ben Gill Park in Terrell.

Several activities, food vendors and special appearances will be held during the event.

“The Vision for Play Date in the Park was born through Terrell High School graduate and City employee Demeter Turner. Mrs. Turner has been employed full-time with the City of Terrell for over 19 years,” said Public Works Director Glenn Caldwell.

“She has a degree in Business Administration with experience in coordinating and planning special events. With those years of experience, she identified a need for a community event. After further discussions, we all supported Mrs. Turner by raising donations to achieve the ultimate goal. This event will bring families and local businesses together to create another place of destination,” Caldwell said.

More than 30 for-profit and non-profit vendors will take part in the event including booths featuring food vendors, professional athletes, fitness sessions, music, giveaways, bounce houses and water slides.

Visitors will also have a chance to obtain $1 general swim admission to the pool and participate in catch-and-release fishing.

The first 300 youth 12 years and under that register, will receive a gift card for a free kids meal donated by Raising Canes. It's encouraged that all participants to bring a lawn chair, sunscreen and shading.   

“We would like to thank all of the donors, volunteers, Mayor Rick Carmona and Council, Interim City Manager, Mike Sims and City Staff for their support and effort in making this event a success,” Caldwell said. “I would like to give special thanks to Mrs. Demeter Turner for bring forward this vision and making a reality. “

Bring a football or any National Football League related gear to get it autographed by four former NFL players.

The former players consist of Doug Dennison, Tony Brackens, Jason Smith and Montez Murphy.

Dennison played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1974-1978. Dennison also played for the Cleveland Browns, Toronto Argonauts, Chicago Blitz and Arizona Wranglers in the Untied States Football League. Dennison was a part of the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion team in the 1977-78 season.

Brackens played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1996-2004 and made the NFL pro bowl in 1999 and was second team All-Pro in 1999.

Smith played for the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011. He also played for the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.

Murphy played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-07 and for the Green Bay Packers in 2007. He played college football at Baylor University.

The activities/entertainment/attractions at the event will consist of a free raffle drawings, vendor booths, live DJ, bounce houses, board games, volleyball, catch and release fishing, kickball tournament, football/soccer drills, general swim admission will be $1, 15 minute fitness sessions and tumblers.

The food vendors will consist of Tiger Ice, Mayor Sol Tacos, United Way BBQ, fried pies, Misty Cake Balls and Sweet Treats, Kona Ice and Fat Daddy’s.

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