Public Square will be closed for third block party

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WATERTOWN — Donald W. Rutherford just wants to see more of the same at Friday night’s final block party of the summer on Public Square.

Mr. Rutherford, CEO of the Watertown Local Development Corp., hopes that Friday’s block party will be as successful as the first two, both of which attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

“It brought a lot of people downtown,” he said, adding he expects a big crowd again on Friday night.

Like the first two, the event will feature music, food, beverages and kids activities. Fireworks will close out the party. It will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Public Square.

Musicians Chris Lavancha and Lake Effect Mud will perform. The Tae Kwon Do Training Center will give a presentation.

Board member Stephen M. Hunt II said people have had fun at the two previous block parties.

“I think they’ve been great,” he said.

Mr. Rutherford credited the city’s Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments with their help in organizing the three block parties.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do them without the city,” he said.

The local development corporation, also known as the Watertown Trust, budgeted $12,000 to put on the block parties, but spent more than that, Mr. Rutherford said.

The north side of Public Square will be closed off in the afternoon to get ready for the event.

The other two block parties were held on June 30 and Aug. 25.

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