Dozens camp across Muzzy Field for second year

Published on Saturday, 10 September 2022 22:31
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – Dozens of families took to Muzzy Field Saturday for an evening of fun and a movie before spending the night spread throughout the outfield.

Around 40 campsites were booked for families looking to take part in an evening of games, popcorn, a mystery movie revealed to be “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and community fellowship. Some chose to bring their own tents while others made use of equipment provided by the city.

“Last year was our first one (family campout) and we were able to purchase a lot of the tents through our All-Heart Pop-Up Parks Program which was grant funded,” said Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Community Engagement Coordinator Erica Benoit. “We’re thankful we’re able to purchase something we can use year after year.”

The coordinator said the city was happy to have a facility like Muzzy Field that it could lock up and provide families with some safety who wanted to take part in the experience.

“Everybody stays in and stays safe in the evening and we’ll have a farewell breakfast in the morning,” said Benoit. “It’s a good way to lean into it without having to commit to the whole camping experience, especially if you don’t have a tent and you want to try it out.”

Kimberly Smith brought her children to Muzzy Field to take part in the camp out. Smith’s son, Francis, 5, said he was happy to be out camping and his favorite part of the experience was getting to play games.

“Our friends did this last year and that’s why we decided we were going to try it,” said Smith.

Joan Soto said it was her first time camping with her son in Bristol. Jonin Colon, 7, said his favorite part of coming to Muzzy Field would be the camping itself.

“We are very happy about this opportunity,” she said,” for some bonding time and exploring. I used to do this in Puerto Rico. He’s never tried it so it’s exploring an activity he could enjoy.”

Soto said she was happy to be able to bring her son to a place where they could be safe to experience camping together.

Miguel Melendez brought his son Joshua Vanbeveren as part of a birthday celebration as he would soon be turning nine and neither of them had been camping before.

“We’re looking forward to it and the mystery movie,” said Melendez. “I’m 42 and there’s a lot of things I haven’t done before, like win the lottery,” he joked.

“He was really excited and happy to come. It’s a really good event for people to have some time with their kids away from the home, whatever’s happening, and be in a beautiful evening,” he continued.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville on Saturday, 10 September 2022 22:31. Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2022 22:33.