The City of Battle Ground Parks & Recreation staff has been hard at work creating new community engagement events and preparing for some of our annual favorites this fall and winter.
Check out the fun we have in store:
Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade and Pet Costume Contest: October 27, 6pm
The Battle Ground Community Center will be going to the dogs this fall! Adorable pups will be on parade in the first ever Battle Ground BARKS & Recreation pet costume contest. Registration is open until October 20; the entry fee is $5 per canine contestant. Enter for your chance to win some amazing prizes!
Speaking of prizes, the overwhelming generosity from local business helped to make this event possible. This year’s sponsors include Wilco Farm Store ($100 gift card), Alder Creek Vet Clinic (gift basket), All Natural Pet Supply (gift basket), and VCA Battle Ground (gift basket).
K9 Officer Charlie will be in attendance, serving as the Grand Marshal of the pet parade! Admission is FREE for all spectators. Full event details can be found on the City of Battle Ground website. We hope you join us for what is sure to be a PAWS-itively good time!
Halloween Fright Night: October 31, 4-6pm
Don’t let the name fool you, the only thing frightening about this event is how much fun you will have when you are there! This FREE family friendly event will feature Halloween themed games, prizes and of course… candy!
New this year, we are excited to welcome Trunk-or-Treat, hosted by the Summit View Church taking place in the east parking lot. In addition, C-Tran’s will host a kid-friendly HAUNTED bus complete with ghouls stocked with plenty of candy to reward those brave enough to visit.
In addition to Summit View Church and C-Tran, will would like to express our gratitude to Cub Scout Troop 443, Albertsons (BG), Mom’s Club of Battle Ground, and Wilco for coming together to help make this event possible.
Battle of Lights – November 1 (Registration Opens)
Channel your inner Griswold and deck out your home this holiday season for your chance to win a prize, and more importantly bragging rights! Registration is FREE and is open from November 1 – December 1. Entries will be evaluated on several points, some of which include creative use of lights, unique design, outstanding story/theme, overall presentation, etc.
For those of you just here for the show, we have you covered! The Parks & Recreation staff will assemble a roadmap of lights, so you, your friends and family can find your way through this tour of lights, December 3-21. You can even get in on the fun, by voting for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award category!
Winners will be announced December 22nd. Additional details including contest rules, and event criteria will be announced on the City’s website before registration opens. We hope you will join us for this friendly and festive competition!
Holiday Bazaar – November 4 & 5
The Battle Ground Community Center is bringing together local crafters and artisans in our first Holiday Bazaar!
This two-day event will showcase the talent from across our City and neighboring communities. With over 40 vendors selling handmade goods, you are sure to find the perfect collection of gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
Admission is FREE for shoppers. Vendors will be staged throughout the community center and outside to the covered patio. The Battle Ground Rotary will be hosting a refreshment stand for anyone looking for a mid-shopping snack.
Full event details, including product examples, are available on our website.
Holiday Craft Night: Wreath Project – November 18, 7pm
Bring the charm of the holiday season to your home with a handmade wreath! The Parks & Recreation staff has taken care of all the details, designing the craft, gathering supplies, AND they will be on hand to provide guided instruction to the crafters.
The craft is rated for ages 12 and over, and pre-registration is required ($25/ wreath). Our staff is here to assist you with questions and to reserve your spot, by calling 360-342-5380.
2022 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: December 2, 5:30pm
Thirty-three years and counting, join us for the official kick-off to the season at the 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration Friday, December 2nd at the Battle Ground Community Center.
This FREE community event has it all; we gather as a community around the tree for live music and caroling with the Battle Ground High School Choir, Santa Claus will make is grand arrival atop a Fire District 3 Engine adorned with lights as the Battle Ground Police Department leads the way.
After the tree is shining bright, the celebration will move into the warmth of the community center where Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and all who are young at heart. Families and friends are encouraged to bring cameras or phones to take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Complimentary holiday cookies and hot cocoa, generously donated by Summit View Church, adding to the tradition and warmth of our community celebration.
It seems there is no end to all the fun that awaits our incredible community this fall and winter. A complete listing of our 2022 Annual Events can be found at: www.cityofbg.org/Annual-Events.
The Battle Ground Community Center is located at 912 E. Main Street. Staff is available to answer any questions, during regular business hours, at 360-342-5380.