TribLive: Fundraiser to rock Aspinwall Riverfront Park

Fundraiser to rock Aspinwall Riverfront Park

| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

The event features live music and festivities at the park located between Freeport Road and the Allegheny River.

Giant metal flowers, picnic tables and a stage for the band will be imported to the old marina buildings for the River Rocks fundraiser. The park will be decorated to give attendees the feel that they are partying on the Mediterranean coast, organizers said.

Event Chairwomen Kristin Hilton and Tara Balonick said the benefit will raise awareness of the park and help fund the its operating costs next year.

River Rocks starts at 6 p.m. General admission is $100.

The goal of the event will help Aspinwall Riverfront Park Inc. with its goal of raising $100,000. Run by a 12-member board of directors, the nonprofit corporation has plans to remove a football field-sized concrete parking lot to improve aesthetics of the park and slow rainwater runoff on the property.

“We really wanted the patrons to come and see the park, to show it off,” Balonick said.

Both women want a magical event which will convince all partygoers to return to the park.

“The riverfront is a precious area … the community can enjoy,” Hilton said.

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Sharon Drake is a freelance writer