July has arrived, which means that it is time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The annual Maumelle Fourth Fest, a city sponsored event, will kick-off with the July 4th parade at 4:30 p.m. The parade will begin on Millwood Circle at Audubon Drive and pass down Club Manor Drive, ending at Lake Willastein. Children will want to bring a bag to collect candy tossed by parade contestants. In addition to the parade, you will not want to miss the third annual Cardboard Boat Race, sponsored by the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce. The boat race is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Come cheer the boaters to victory or a dramatic sinking. You can find the complete schedule of the activities on the City’s website (under the Parks and Recreation Department). Other than the parade, all activities will take place at Lake Willastein. Come celebrate with your friends, families, and neighbors, and don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The festival will conclude around 10:00 p.m. after the fireworks display.
If you are looking for activities for the family, stop by the Jess Odom Community Center. There is something for everyone – cool off at the Dowell Naylor Aquatic Center or sign-up your kids for a summer camp. In July, the summer camps include, art, basketball and survivor skills.
Summer has arrived with hotter than normal temperatures. Be sure you stay hydrated and don’t forget about your pets, especially if they stay outside. They need lots of fresh water and shade.
The City of Maumelle has lost a great friend and adviser in Don A. Zimmerman, who passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018. Don served as the executive director of the Arkansas Municipal League since 1974. He provided advice and counsel for the City of Maumelle for as long as we have been a city. He was involved at all levels of government issues that affected municipalities, and he lead the effort to allow cities to have taxing authority on Sales and Use taxes and tort immunity. He was a “Gentle Giant” and a friend to all elected officials in Arkansas. He will be sorely missed!
This newsletter’s primary purpose is to help you stay informed about events in Maumelle and what city officials and city departments are doing. Also, don’t forget that the monthly City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings are open to the public. I encourage you to attend and hear firsthand the decisions that your elected officials are making on your behalf.