The City of Meridian invites the community to celebrate Gene Kleiner Day on Saturday, June 9, 2018. A free concert performed by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in the Kleiner Park Band Shell begins at 7:00 p.m. The performance, geared toward audience members of all ages, includes several popular pieces. 

The event honors the generosity of the day’s namesake who donated the 60-acre, $25 million Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park to the City of Meridian and its residents.  Gene made the donation in honor of his late father, Julius, who once farmed the land on which the park now sits and operated until Julius’s passing in 1972. 
“It’s important that we continue to celebrate the philanthropy demonstrated by Gene Kleiner; this park is a treasure for residents and visitors to Meridian,” said Mayor Tammy de Weerd, City of Meridian. “His incredible donation has created a lasting legacy each of us can enjoy and challenges us to pay it forward in countless new acts of service, either large or small, across the community and beyond.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating and are welcome to bring picnics. The park’s concession stand will also be open for business to provide snacks and beverages.     
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is located at 1900 N. Records Avenue in Meridian.  The nearly 60 acre park is situated behind The Village at Meridian at the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview. The park boasts 3.3 miles of walking paths, a growing tree arboretum, two fishing ponds, the Rock of Honor Veterans Memorial, the new Memorial Plaza, a community garden and full spectrum of youth play equipment.  

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