MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Summer may be coming to a close, but that won’t stop Mount Vernon officials from inviting locals to “slide the city” and celebrate some of the community’s champions, including Olympian Deajah Stevens.
This weekend, Mayor Richard Thomas will host the city’s first Water Block Party, where they were will turn Gramatan Avenue into the world’s biggest “slip-n-slide” after celebrating Stevens’ Olympics run in Rio and the champion Mount Vernon Giants and Razorbacks .
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the Champion’s Parade that starts at Prospect Avenue and ends at Hartley Park on Gramatan Avenue. Stevens will then kickoff “Slide the City” with a celebration of her own. There will be a teen showcase at the park and a book bag giveaway at the senior pavilion area. The Water Block Party will conclude in the evening with a summer concert.
All summer, local officials have joined with Mount Vernon firefighters and police officers to “stop and shake” hands with their neighbors at various events, including a “Stop the Violence” SNUG “pop-up” basketball tournament, barbecues and block parties.
According to Thomas, by hosting these free community events, they have begun to build increased trust with the local residents they are tasked with protecting.
“We are so excited to bring fun back to Mount Vernon and give the community the chance to come together and share good times as one Mount Vernon family,” he said. “We’ve done fireworks, block parties, pop-up parks, and neighborhood BBQ’s but we aren’t done yet.
“Not everyone has the chance to go to the beach or pool so (my) administration is bringing the water park to you. Best of all, Mount Vernon’s heroes – our firefighters, police officers, and veterans – are riding for free. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the slide, Mount Vernon.”