Brookfield Parks and Recreation sponsored a tie-dye event for the community Aug. 9 in Tormey Park on Main Street.

The event let residents tie-dye shirts with multiple patterns and colors to make each shirt fun and unique.

Brookfield residents poured into Tormey Park Aug. 9 to tie-dye shirts. The event was organized by Brookfield Parks and Recreation director Zandy Larson.

According to Larson, she wanted to bring something new to Brookfield.

“It’s a fun activity for the community,” Larson said. “I think a lot of people will show up.”

Larson’s son Reed Larson came back from 4H camp earlier this summer and the first thing he talked about was the tie-dyeing event there.

“It’s fun to tie-dye shirts, I like to make my own designs,” Reed said.

At the event, attendees had the chance to make three patterns, a paw print, heart and the classic swirl. Stations were outfitted with plenty of rubber bands and dyes to make the shirts one-of-a-kind. After the designs were perfected, the shirts were placed inside a microwave to set the colors. Finally, the shirts were hung up to dry.

About 184 people came to the event to tie-dye 146 shirts. Attendee Latisia Wiggins says she was happy to be there.

“I’m from Savannah, Ga. and I’ve never seen a town do an event like this,” Wiggins said. “You just don’t see events like this.”

Another attendee Tara Packham says she wanted her daughter to learn about tie-dyeing.

“It’s something new and my daughter has never tie-dyed a shirt before,” Packham said.

Recently, Brookfield Parks helped with another event this summer at the Brookfield Aquatic Center. The Glow Party was a late night party at the pool and featured glow-in-the-dark beach balls, necklaces and bracelets. More than 300 people from in and around the community showed up to the pool July 26 for a fun night.

Larson is planning more events for this fall and winter. Larson wants to have knowledgeable residents from the community come together to teach people how to make homemade pies, cakes, breads and more. People can stay up to date with park events on their Facebook page.