After has finally come.
On Saturday, July 21, Franklin Avenue between Sterling and Park places will be converted into a paradise for kids with water slides, a bouncy house and even a small Ferris wheel.
And all of it will be free for any kid that shows up.
Franklin Avenue business owner Kevin Phillip as a skate ramp set up in a neighborhood parking lot. The next year it progressed into a small water park and became a full-fledged carnival the year after, with bouncy houses, cotton candy machines and face painting.
Phillip and wife Garnett Alcindor continued to expand the event. Last year there was a rock-climbing wall, dunk tank and obstacle course. And this year, they’ve set their sights even higher.
“There will be a Dixie twister, tubs of fun and a little Ferris wheel,” said Alcindor who owns Franklin Avenue’s and the soon-to-open Taste Buds with Phillip.
“It’s like we’re bringing Coney Island to Franklin Avenue,” she said.
The event will take place rain or shine. Each year organizes request and fail to get a rain date from the city. “So every year we kind of just pray,” Alcindor said.
Franklin Avenue Kids Day will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Franklin Avenue between Park and Sterling places. To donate, go to the event's kickstarter page.