(Last UPDATED (5/13/2022) Pops in the Park is back in 2022! The event was not held in 2021 due to continuing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held virtually in 2021 for the same reason. See Updates below for the latest information.
Description of Pops in the Park – an annual tradition in East Sacramento – celebrating its 27th year this summer.
Note: If you have not attended Pops in the Park so far this month you still have time to catch The Count at Glenn Hall Park on Saturday, June 23.
The event takes place every June in East Sacramento (City Council District #3). This month the free, family-friendly music series has featured to date: Ideateam at East Portal Park on June 2; AKA Live at Bertha Henshel Park on June 9; and, Jessica Malone at McKinley Park on June 16.
See related blog post: East Sacramento Pops in the Park
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East Sacramento Parks Hosting Pops in the Park
The 7.48 acre East Portal Park, located at 51st and M Street, kicks off Pops in the Park each year as that it where it all began 27 years ago. Park amenities include a playground and bocce courts.
The 2.5 acre Bertha Henschel Park, a small neighborhood park, is located at 45th Street and Brand Way. Park amenities include a playground and a wading pool.
The 32 acre McKinley Park, located at 601 Alhambra Blvd., is a popular park with many amenities including a public library, playground, pond, tennis courts, jogging path, rose garden and community center. (7/8/2020 broken link repaired)
The 8.2 acre Glenn Hall Park is located at Sandburg Drive and Carlson Drive in the River Park neighborhood of East Sacramento. Park amenities include a swimming pool, soccer and baseball fields, and access to the banks of the American River.
ESIA Orchid Award
For more than 40 years the East Sacramento Improvement Association (ESIA) has presented the annual Sidney Pope Orchid Award to a business, organization or individual who has significantly contributed to improving the quality of life in East Sacramento. The winner is determined by vote of the ESIA membership.
Note Added 5/13/2022: ESIA has a contemporary new name – the East Sacramento Community Association and a new website. Check it out!
This year the entities nominated for the ESIA Orchid Award were:
- Compton’s Market
The winner of the 2018 Orchid Award was Compton’s Market. The award presentation was made at the McKinley Park Pops in the Park event on June 16.
As noted in the Pops in the Park program:
“Compton’s Market – Located at 4065 McKinley Blvd. Still an “old-time” grocery store, even after their 2017 remodel. Compton’s now includes Willy’s Café that serves hot food, sandwiches, soups, espresso and Gunther’s Ice Cream. There is also a bar with wine and beer on tap. They continue their broad selection of groceries, including a variety of organic vegetables. Staff and cashiers are always helpful and friendly”.
I have always enjoyed attending Pops in the Park over the years. Not only is it a fun way to spend time with friends and family – the proceeds of Pops in the Park are re-invested in the East Sacramento community!
(4/6/2022) Pops in the Park is back! The 2022 schedule has been reduced to two events. Mark your calendar – Saturday, June 18 (McKinley Park) and Saturday, June 25 (East Portal Park). I hope to see you there.
(May 2021) The 2021 Pops in the Park will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully we will be able to all get together again in 2022.
(5/20/2020) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Pops in the Park has been transformed into Pops in Place. A virtual concert featuring Jackie Greene will take place on June 6 at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live.
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