Spaceboy Clothing is collaborating with the City of Wilmington Parks & Recreation, Downtown Visions and local residents to breathe new life into an overlooked corner of Downtown Wilmington sometimes known as “Humble Park”.
The corner of 4th & Shipley Street is also known as Deltech Plaza. Spaceboy Clothing and Downtown Visions plan to host a pair of benefit events, including a night of comedy and a mini arts and music festival.
Proceeds from both events will benefit family member & local artist, Ramona Robinson and her fight against breast cancer.
After years of passing by the Deltech Plaza at 4th & Shipley, David Sanchez of Spaceboy Clothing took a second look and saw the potential for a unique community gathering space. He shared his idea with Will Minster of Downtown Visions who was thinking the same thing and now the park is being cleaned up and revamped by the City of Wilmington to create a fresh hub for the local arts scene with Spaceboy as the curator and Downtown Visions Main Street Program supplying funding and staff support.
“It is very encouraging to see citizens stepping forward throughout the City to make a difference, each in their own way. This time it’s to renew the life of a small city park and to help someone in need. I continue to be impressed with how often citizens, businesses, and government are coming together to build communities and help promote Wilmington as a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this particular project,” Wilmington said Mayor Mike Purzycki.
Spaceboy’s David Sanchez and Noah Merenda have been part of the local arts & music scene since the late 90’s. After relocating to Market Street in 2011, they dedicated the extra space in the back of their shop to host events featuring local and touring bands, DJ’s, rappers & poets.
After a two-year break from hosting music events, Spaceboy is taking it outdoors and hosting the KEEP IT COOL mini arts & music event. The lineup includes local rock band The Headies as headliners, with Tiger Suits (members of New Sweden and Travel Songs) and Lifestream. The event will also feature the best artists and crafters in the area as well as a silent auction. (6 to 10 p.m.on Friday, September 1st. While free to the public, donations will be accepted.)
In addition to the KEEP IT COOL festival, Spaceboy is again teaming up with local comic and promoter Brandon Jackson of Southbound Comedy for an outdoor comedy event at the park, set to take place Friday August 25th at 8 p.m. Seating opens at 7 p.m. featuring Ty Jameson and others This event is free to the public with donations accepted..
“Our Goal is to raise money for Ramona’s medical bills and to bring more attention and entertainment to the downtown area. While at the same time, giving a lost park a new name, a new vibe and the community a brighter future,” said Sanchez.