Joel Garrison Day at Memorial Park set

Spanish-American War veteran and city resident Joel Garrison had a soft spot in his heart for the city’s children.

When he returned home from the war, after serving in 1898 as a hospital orderly, he became a pharmacist. In his will in 1942, he declared that funds be set aside to hold a day of free activities for children in the community.

That day, Aug. 13, which is the official ending of the war, is a day reserved for children at Memorial Park, according to city recreation commission officials who met Monday to finalize the plans.

This year, the event will be from 1 to 4 p.m., with proposed track and field games, bounce houses, swimming at Splash Cove and provided food.

The city has $3,000 to put on the event.

Garrison’s will provides the city devote a fund to establish a day for children to enjoy the entertainment and fun at the park. The will is preserved by the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania, which assists the city at the event.

Faith Smith, recreation commission chairwoman, said the children are supervised with chaperones and volunteers from the commission. The playground, pool and a small pavilion are expected to be used, but the commission has limited space because of Major League Baseball’s preparations for a game on Aug. 20.