A Celebration for the Whole Family
Oct. 4 was a day for children of all ages in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish – and they turned up in droves. Nearly 1,000 people attended the annual community celebration at the Ezekiel Jackson Park, one of the largest turnouts since the Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) refinery in Garyville, La., and St. John Parish began co-sponsoring the event in 2001.
“The purpose of the celebration is to give area residents an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly occasion, complete with free food, fun activities and educational elements,” notes refinery Community Relations Representative Aspen Steib. “About 70 refinery employees volunteered, and the celebration was one of the most successful in the event’s history.”
Highlights of the 2014 Ezekiel Jackson Park celebration included:
- food (jambalaya, popcorn and cotton candy)
- goody bags with candy, toys, books on self-esteem and education-related topics
- pumpkin-decorating, balloon artist and face-painting stations
- an obstacle course, petting zoo and spacewalk
- carnival-style games, bungee “hoop and shoot,” and punt, pass and kick competitions
Attendees also got a chance to view a fire truck, police car and ambulance firsthand and to talk with firemen, police officers and paramedics about their jobs.
For more than a decade, the Garyville refinery has worked with St. John Parish to make significant improvements to the park, including the construction of a pavilion, new fencing, playground equipment and a lighted walking/jogging track, along with repairs to old fencing and the concession stand.
“The refinery is pleased to work with the parish to improve quality of life for area residents; after all, they’re our friends and neighbors, too,” adds Steib. “It’s rewarding to see the smiles and hear the laughter at the annual Ezekiel Jackson Park celebration.”
The refinery is pleased to work with the parish to improve quality of life for area residents; after all, they’re our friends and neighbors, too.