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Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:27 am


The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association is bringing back a lost form of community revelry: the block party. Their neighborhood block party, called Rock the Block in Enos Park, is a celebration of all the area has to offer, and they’re hoping to make it a tradition. The chief attraction of the party will be a new sculpture by Oak Park, Ill., sculptor Patrick McDonald. The piece, titled “Take Five,” is a bench that looks like a quarter of a giant pecan shell, topped with large interlocking rings. The sculpture is the first in a planned sculpture garden, dedicated to the Barker Family of Springfield. Their ancestors, Abraham Barker and his family, lived in Enos Park more than 100 years ago, and the family has contributed to the betterment of Springfield ever since. There will also be live music by Springfield band Porkpie and the Northend All Stars, with pulled pork sliders to match. Two houses recently restored by Old Neighborhood Rehab, Inc., will be open to the public to showcase the rehabilitation work being done in the neighborhood, and kids can check out the bounce house, balloons and games. The block party is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on June 21 at Enos Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets.