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Imagination District

Imagination Park

Imagination Park is a temporary pop-up park on West Third Street in Downtown Mansfield, behind the Renaissance Theatre.

Between South Side between Mulberry St. and Bowman Ave.

Monday, September 20 – Friday, October 1

This park is funded by a grant received from AARP as a part of their 2021 Community Challenge Grant Program, awarded to The Richland Community Development Group.

Including interactive features such as a bike path, seating areas, entertainment spaces, food trucks, as well as education and learning opportunities.

Schedule of Events

Monday, September 20: Grand Opening

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM — Ribbon Cutting (10:30 AM) with free events for children with Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Renaissance Theatre, and Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (MRCPL), food trucks at Idea Works Kitchen, outdoor art installations, and scavenger hunt.

Tuesday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 28

10:00-11:00 AM — Storytime & Bookmobile (MRCPL)

3:00-6:00 PM — Imagination Stations & big games (Little Buckeye)

Wednesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 29

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM— Aurelio Diaz will offer an outdoor, free to the public dance class that will
be a mix of Zumba, line dancing and any other way to get your groove on!

Thursday, September 23 and Thursday, September 30

10:00-11:00 AM — Storytime & Bookmobile (MRCPL)

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM — Pioneer Performing Arts

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM — Kids Self Defense Obstacle Course

Friday, October 1: Party in the Park Event

4:00-7:00 PM — Imagination Park Closing Celebration: with free family-friendly activities, children’s crafts and activities, games, beer garden, live music by Ricky Mitchell, drum circle with Sogbety Diamonde, entertainment, dance performances from Richland Academy, food trucks, community art projects, art vendor booths, and more!

  • Food Trucks – Deja Food, Gertz Culinary., Smitty’s (Idea Works Kitchen)
  • Possible beer garden on Ren lot.
  • 4:00-6:00 PM – children’s craft (Ohio Bird Sanctuary)
  • 4:00-7:00 PM – children’s activity (Richland New Hope)
  • Live Music – Stage on Ren lot.
    • 4:30-5:00 PM – Richland Academy
    • 5:00-5:30 PM – Renaissance Theatre Performers
    • 5:30-6:30 PM – drumming circle with Sogbety Diomande (Use Ren chairs & Library tent)
    • 6:30-7:15 PM – Ricky Mitchell
  • Imagination Stations & lawn games (Little Buckeye)
  • Big games, and other items from Library of Things, Game Triathlon, monster-themed button-making, and Library of Things scavenger hunt (Library)
  • Teen staff of the library will be offering “shooting zombie targets with Nerf Guns.” 
  • Children’s leaf rubbing activity (Kingwood Center Garden)
  • Child ID kits (Western & Southern Life)
  • Kids Self Defense Obstacle Course (Black Belt Pro Fitness)
  • Artist Vendors x3 (Mankind Murals & Mansfield Art Sector)
    • Ray Baughman
    • Drew Anderson
    • Allison Pence
  • Wrap-up Community Art Project (Mankind Murals)

Proud Partners

City of Mansfield, Field9 Architecture, Harmony House, Idea Works, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, the Renaissance Theatre, the Richland County Foundation, and the Richland County Regional Planning Commission.

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