"I particularly really loved the camaraderie," she said. "It was like a big, old jungle gym with grown-ups climbing all over."
The fun wasn't limited to just that day. Piedmont students and city residents alike have continued to use Celebration Station for playtime and community gatherings, Wehner said.
"As long as I've lived in Charleston, it has just been a vital, central feature," Wehner said. "It's really kind of emblematic of the things that are wonderful about the East End and Piedmont."
The Piedmont PTO is hoping to raise at least $10,000 for the renovation and upkeep of Celebration Station, Wehner said.
Sunday's picnic is a second kind of celebration. The PTO wants to hold a sendoff for Knighton, who retired in September, and welcome Principal Beth Sturgill.
"[Knighton] said he would agree to do it if it were both a sendoff for him and a welcome to the new principal -- sort of a way to pass the torch," Wehner said.
The Celebration Station picnic will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, rain or shine. There is no charge for admission. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided; however, there will be special snacks for sale, such as cotton candy and popcorn.
Celebration Station is located next to Piedmont Elementary School on Quarrier Street, and between Morris and Bradford streets.
Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.mole...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.